Reading: Psalm 113
"Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!"
Psalm 113:1-3 ESV
I first learnt this Psalm as a young child attending Sunday School. Those of you who were attending Sunday School back in those days before the 1990s will remember singing this tune to a very familiar melody.
At this point of the devotion, I would like to encourage you to read the entire Psalm, use it in your personal prayer and worship unto God. Consider how great He is and worthy of praise. Go ahead then come back after you have done so.
As you read the Psalm you will notice that there are two key reasons to praise God "from the rising of the sun to its setting."
The first is that God is great and glorious. The Psalm said that "the name of the Lord is to be praised (v.3)." This implied that the very nature of God is to be praised. We praise Him simply because He is God! And He deserves our praise.
When was the last time you took time to simply praise God for who He is - the sovereign creator and maker of heaven and earth? When was the last time you looked at nature and gave God the praise for all He has made? Learn from the Psalm. Praise Him.
The second reason to praise God is for His goodness and graciousness. Verse 4 to 7 depicts God who is seated in the heavens but looks down to the earth. He notices the weak and marginalized. God is praised because He does not forsake His creation; especially those who are experiencing brokenness, rejections and neglect by society. In His grace, He lifts them up.
Friends, would you take time to praise Him? Would you consider the Greatness and Goodness of God in your life? Would you give Him glory through your praises so that others will know Him?
The best praise you can offer Him is by living a life of faithfulness and joy in Christ.
The Lord be with you.