Saturday, February 27, 2010

Praise the Lord!

I will exalt you my God the king. I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. For Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will declare your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness! (Psalm 145:1-7)

That's one of the passages I memorized for the Bible Bee. I actually turned it into a song, which is why I remember it so well. I might have transposed a few words here and there, but for the most part they are all right. It's such a powerful passage. I have been praying it subconsciously for a few minutes, and now I've typed it out. I just want to say it over and over and over. It is so true! The Lord is great and worthy of praise. His greatness no one can fathom! But the beginning is what really gets me. I will exalt you. I will praise your name. Every day I will praise you. I haven't really been living up to that. I have a hard time giving thanks and praise to God all the time, every day. Yesterday (Friday) that was really not what I felt like doing. However, when I do, everything seems to come together! Why can't I keep myself doing this more often? For some reason, I just find myself slipping from where I should be. I cry "sympathize," he replies "praise!" (That's from a Jim Elliot journal entry...) When I start complaining to God and begging for pity, he tells me to praise Him! I am praying that I will be able to obey Him and praise even when it's hard; even in the midst of a storm. When I do, the storm gets a lot smaller. :)

One more time:

I will exalt you my God the King.
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I WILL praise you
and extol your name for EVER and EVER!

For GREAT is the Lord and most worthy of praise!
His greatness, no one can fathom.
One generation will declare your works
to another; they will tell of your mighty acts!

They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty
and I will meditate on your wonderful works
They will tell of the power of your awesome works
and I will proclaim your great deeds!

They will celebrate your abundant goodness
And joyfully sing of your righteousness!

Psalm 145:1-7

PS I'll probably be revisiting these verses quite frequently from now on. I'd encourage you to do the same! Oh, and if you're looking for more amazing verses, check out the rest of this chapter! I've only typed out 7 verses here; the whole Psalm is 21 incredible verses long!