Let them praise your great and awesome name–he is holy. Psalm 99:3
Throughout history there have been some men and women who have done some great things. A few have changed the way things are done, helping mankind as a whole. Some have discovered ways to help those who are sick or to make things easier for people. Some have led nations into doing great things.
People who have done these things are honored in different ways. Some have their own special day on a calendar each year. Some have had statues made of them. Museums have been built to remember what they have done. People all over will praise them for the great things that they have done.
While these men and women have often done great things, most of these things done are temporary. They will not last for eternity.
In this psalm people are encouraged to praise the Lord’s name–God’s name. His name is called great and awesome.
In itself, the name, ‘God’, ‘Lord’ or ‘Jesus’ does not mean a whole lot. It is just a name. False gods have taken on these names. Some people have even taken on these names.
The name of God is more when it is looked at with the nature of God. The Lord is holy and worthy of praise. God has created everything that is. The Lord has provided for the forgiveness of sins and offers eternal life. What greater thing can one do than that?
Death is the greatest enemy of mankind. No man is able to overcome it. The only reason that there is death, is because of sin. Jesus has overcome death, so that each and every person has the chance to be saved and overcome death.
With having done this, there is no one worthy of more praise and honor than Jesus in all of history.
Take a moment to think about what Jesus has done for you. Just the fact of His removing all of your sins and giving you eternal life is enough to be worthy of praise for ever.
God has not only given you eternal life, He gives you joy and peace today. He provides for what you need. His presence is with you around the clock.
Now take time to praise the Lord for all that He has done for you. Praise Him for all the blessings He has given you.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will remember how God has helped you each day; that you will praise His name; and that you will tell others of what Jesus has done.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2
Music is one thing that people love all around the world. People love to sing to songs. They style of songs and the words change, but the singing is still the same.
Singing a song is what brings out what is inside the heart.
Along with singing, people love to talk about what is happening. Look at how many different news channels there are available. Along with the news channels, there are radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and online sites to provide news.
The world understands the power of music and news. It is often used to change a mindset or to remind people of something. It can sway the thinking of people very easily, because it gets into the heart and mind of a person.
In this psalm the writer urges the people to sing praises to God and to proclaim His salvation. This is to be done day after day, never ending.
God is worthy of all praise, because it was He who made everything. It is God who gives every person life. It is God who gives purpose to life here on this earth.
Believers need to sing praises of His name in this world. In this process of singing, they will make a proclamation out loud for all to hear. This proclamation is about the salvation that God provides.
Believers have a relationship and a future with God, something that the world does not have. The world needs to know about this.
There is no news that is greater than a life being saved, especially when it is a life being saved for all eternity. That is ground-breaking, earth shattering news that the world needs to hear every day.
If you are a believer in Jesus and have been saved, you have something to praise God for. You also have a message to tell the world. The world needs to hear about what has happened in your life, how God has changed you.
Allow the joy of what God has done in you and for you to bubble up out of your heart through your voice. Sing praises daily to God for what He has done, then make a public proclamation about it. Do not hide it and be ashamed, but be glad and share it.
The world needs what you have. Will you let them know?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will sing praises to God all the time; that you will tell the world about the salvation He provides; and that the world will know of Jesus through you.
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Psalm 72:18
Credit is often given to a person for doing something great. People see him do something great and think that he is wonderful for doing a great action. However, the action done is not usually done completely alone. It often takes more than one to do a great action.
Businesses are known for honoring a person for some great sales, but in reality it took a whole team to make the sales happen. Often, there are several that were the real work behind the great deed done.
Solomon praises God because He is the one who does marvelous deeds. He sees God as the only one who does marvelous deeds completely on His own.
It is easy for a person to take credit for doing something, but forget about where the real credit should go.
While people can do good things, even great things, they cannot do those good things on their own. Every person needs help to do anything, whether great or small. There is always the support of other people, but ultimately there is the support of God.
God gives each and every person the ability to do whatever is done, whether great or small. However, God is able to do great and marvelous deeds with no help from anyone else. He is the One the who is able to provide food, healing, life, health, salvation and much more to anyone and everyone who needs it.
Although honoring a person is good, praising God is needed for every good deed done. God is able to do those things alone, though He often chooses to use others to make things happen. God is behind everything good.
God is the one who is worthy of all praise for the good deeds being done.
Think about all the good things that you have in your life. Think about all the good things you have done in your lifetime. Realize that it was God who is working in your life. He is the one who made those things possible.
Give God the praise for what He has done and is doing in and through you and others all over this world. He is always at work doing marvelous deeds, changing and saving lives around the world, despite the evil being done in this world.
I pray today that you will see what God has done; that you will know the work God is doing in your life; that you will know the work God is doing in this world; that you will give God praise for His work; and that you will be a witness of God’s marvelous deeds.
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.
These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.
The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.
The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.
Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.
If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.
However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.
God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.
Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.
Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.
God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.
Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.
I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.