Today has been “the Lord’s Day” for Christians and many devoted followers of Jesus have attended something called “a worship service” … and here’s one voice saying I trust that we authentically did precisely that – “worshiped… in Spirit and truth!” (John 4:23-24)
This past week my Bible reading has included the “Hallelujah Psalms” (“Hallelu-Yah” – Praise to the Lord!) Each Psalm in this group – Psalm 146-150 – beginning and ending with “Praise the Lord”). So it only seems appropriate today as we begin this week that I feature their message – a call to praise and worship. Let the following words from these Psalms impact you and form an attitude of praise that saturates and influences your entire week…
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being! … Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting! … Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. Praise the LORD from the earth … Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven… Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! … Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory… Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two edged swords in their hands… Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”
Hey, this is just a taste of these wonderful Psalms… a summons to praise the Lord! Why not make them the focus of your worship and reflection this week. I’m gonna do it! Going to make this a week especially dedicated to praise!