PRAISE ENDURES FOREVER!
Praising God is inherent in true worship and the following psalm helps provide the proper focus:
“Praise the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works in giving them the heritage of the nations.
They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.”
Praise goes beyond mere activity during a once a week worship service. Praise is the expression of a mindset focused on the incomparable character of almighty God!
The psalmist instructs us to “study the works of the Lord” with a reminder that we are the beneficiaries of His gracious compassion.
There is also a telling observation at the conclusion of the psalm—praise will reverberate throughout eternity!
Wherever you choose to assemble with others, let this psalm be a template for your praise and worship!
1) Under awesome night sky, Arches National Park, Utah. By NPS, [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the Father of Physics, genius mathematician and lover of astronomy. “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done. I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.” (Portrait circa 1689). By Godfrey Kneller (1646 – 1723), [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
3) Replica of Isaac Newton’s second reflecting telescope, (c. 1672). By Andrew Dunn [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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