Friday, January 29, 2021
Text: Psalms 135:1 – 21
Theme: Praise the Lord – but Why?
The theme says: “Praise the lord – but why?” This question calls our attention to how and why we praise God. We need to be intentional with our praises. Dancing and singing in the church is good but there is need to think deeply about who God is and what he has done for which he deserves our praise. Outlining these will help us appreciate God more meaningfully and make our praise acceptable.
Verses 3 – 4 praised God for his good nature and pleasant name and for choosing Israel as a special treasure. We must learn to praise God simply because of who he is. It is a privilege to be born of God and to be chosen by him. More so, Verses 5 – 7 highlight the greatness of his power. He is the creator, God who exists all by himself. He is in firm control of nature and the eternal universe. Think of his wisdom in protecting us from natural disasters despite all the pollution emanating from man’s wrong usage of the earth.
Furthermore, Verses 8 – 12 talk about God’s deliverance of the children of Israel. He delivered them from Pharaoh in Egypt and gave them the promised land. So does he deliver each of us. First, he delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and translated us into his son’s kingdom of light. He has also given us the down payment for eternal life. These reasons and more should form our very reasons for praising the lord. Think about his sovereignty and greatness over all other gods. Every other god is worthless in comparison to our God. See how they are described in verses 15 – 21. The most touching part is that
those who make them are like them (verse18)
Beloved, let us be filled with joy always that we belong to God. Let us find reason everywhere and at all times to glorify God’s name. We must not allow our praise of him to be coerced or forced from us. Rather make it an attitude. Live a life of praise for that is the very reason he saved you. (1 Peter 2:9)