1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Do you praise the Lord with your whole heart? Do you give him everything you have when you’re praising him? They say that it takes about 20 minutes of concentration on one thing to rid your mind of the things that clutter it. I have often made sure I take at least 20 minutes in prayer time so that I can de-clutter my mind before I start to pray. The same thing applies to our praise. We have to lift up our hearts, our voices and our minds in praise and try to not think about all those things that are going on in the world. Our time of praise is a special time when we commune with God and give Him the glory that He deserves. The next time you know you’re going to a service to praise Him, make sure you start praising Him while you’re on the way there. When you get there take your seat and spend time in prayer before the service instead of mingling with everybody. Setting yourself aside for God is extremely important when you’re entering into His gates with praise.
And then the writer says he gives his all in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. When you praise God in your church do you give Him your all? Are you singing as loud as you want to sing? Do you raise your hands and praise to Him? If the spirit leads you to dance, do you dance? These are things that some denominations frown upon, but if God is leading you to do it, then maybe you should be in a different Church. God wants you to be free to worship Him in spirit and in truth. And these things are valid ways to worship God with our whole heart. Don’t hold back when you’re praising the Lord
2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
We all know how great the works of the Lord are. We have our Bible to read about the amazing things that He did for the children of Israel throughout the Old Testament. And we also have the New Testament which tells us of the works of Jesus and His disciples and the Apostle Paul. There miracles and works that God did in Bible times are there to show us how He is honorable and glorious and righteous. They help us to remember His grace and His compassion. Over and over again we see these qualities throughout the Bible. And then we have to remember that the Bible is just a guide to show us what God wants to do in our life as well. Never forget that God is the same today as He was yesterday. He could part the Mississippi River if He had to. He could save you from the roaring beast like H did Daniel from the lions. He could deliver you from a terrible car wreck. Our God is able to do anything.
I also want you to take a look back on your life and see the miracles that He has performed for you. I know in my life there are several. I remember once God told me to give my last $20 in an offering when I first moved to Iowa. I didn’t have a job yet and I was definitely out of money. The next day I got a check in the mail from my old 401K that I didn’t know was coming and later that week I got my first job in Iowa. It is amazing what God can do with such a little seed when we give it in faith. There are plenty of other miracles throughout my life. I know my God is faithful and He is still full of grace and compassion.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
He provides for us. We will never go hungry because our God will feed us. He will always remember the Covenant. Our Covenant is with Jesus Christ. That Covenant gives us salvation. It also gives us eternal life. God will never forget those covenants that He made. Always keep that in mind when He deals with us. The grace and compassion That took Jesus to the cross will always be there for us.
He shows us His power to His works. We read in the New Testament how signs and wonders follow the disciples (Rom 15:19). This is so people would know the power of God. There were many false gods in those days and they were going into nations that worship these false gods. But those false gods could not perform the miracles that our God could. So these were the signs that people saw. And the disciples gained the heritage of the heathen because of the miracles they performed. Miracles still happen today – never doubt that. Don’t be afraid to step out in faith and proclaim what God has done for you.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
God’s Commandments will never be invalid. They are truth and judgement and they will stand forever. There are many who want to do away with the Ten Commandments everywhere in this country. I heard a story once how about a school that took the Ten Commandments down because they wanted to protect the school from a lawsuit. About two months later, at a school board meeting, several of the members brought up the fact that they need to figure out a way to tell the students it’s not right to lie, to steal, to cheat and try and take things away from other people. One of the school board members piped up and said well we just took that down when we took down the Ten Commandments. We still need these today. They will always stand as a measuring point of how our society is functioning. If we lose sight of what the Ten Commandments tells us to do we will fall into chaos.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understandingave all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever
People who do not know God cannot be wise. Wisdom does not start until we have a healthy fear of God. Once we recognize that God is on his throne then He can start to show us wisdom. His word contains more wisdom than any book any author can ever right. I have been to hundreds of sales and motivational seminars in my career and it is amazing how many times they use biblical principles to teach us how to sell and how to stay motivated. That is because the word of God is full of wisdom. It is for all time the standard of wisdom in this world. Without a fear of God we will never understand the wisdom that’s in his word. As I was looking for an image for today’s blog, I ran across several things the world would say are the beginning of wisdom – wonder, knowing yourself, doubt, logic, conquering fear – it’s a long list. The bible makes it simple – fear God and you begin your walk in wisdom.
We also gain understanding by doing His commandments. They help us to understand human nature. They help us to understand how we should react under certain circumstances. They help us to understand how to treat each other. They help us to understand how to conduct ourselves in this world. There is really nothing in life that we can’t find in His word. It’s time we start telling people when they display biblical principles. Wouldn’t it be the amazing if we started to share with people that they are using biblical principles even though they don’t think they are? That would bring out the praise wouldn’t it?