“And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.” Romans 15:11
Paul quotes from Psalm 117:1, telling all the Gentiles to praise the Lord. This verse repeats that thought by again telling all groups of people around the world to extol Him. Extol is another word for praising or lifting up.
One thing interesting about this verse is that it was quoted from the Old Testament. The Israelites believed that they were the only ones who could truly worship God. In order for a Gentile to worship God, he had to become a Jew. There was a ritual that had to be done for this. Yet, in this verse it is telling everyone to praise the Lord. One day in the future every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord. He is saying that each person should do that now.
Many believers agree that they should worship Jesus. They will do that on Sunday mornings during worship service. They will sing the 2-3 songs and call it good for the week. Yet this letter that Paul wrote to the Romans was not read just on Sunday. It was read throughout the week. This statement to praise the Lord was to be done daily everywhere.
How can you praise the Lord Jesus? It is telling the Lord how good He is. Thanking Him for all He has done. It is singing songs to Him. It is telling others about Him. It is obeying Him. It is showing your love to Him. It is reading His Word.
If you do not know what to praise the Lord for think about how He is saving you from your sins. Take a look about you at all creation that was given to you for your pleasure. Think about all the good things that God has given you in your life. These few things should be enough to make you shout for joy to the Lord Jesus!
Do not wait until next Sunday in order to praise the Lord, do it today. Give Him praise. Shout it out loud for others to hear.
I pray today that you praise the Lord Jesus all day; that you will have a song of praise on your heart; that you will tell others of Jesus; that you will know all that Jesus has done for you; that you will know all that Jesus has given you; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.