3 Reasons to Praise the Lord
As Written in Psalm 147
by J.M. Troppello
I’m nearly done reading through Psalms for my daily devotional time. Today I read through Psalm 147. I use the Thomas Nelson Study Bible to gain a deeper insight into Scripture.
The notes for Psalm 147 showed that “It is a Psalm of descriptive praise. It places a strong emphasis on creation themes. This anonymous poem was likely written following the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity.”
The notes further detail that this Psalm is divided up into three sections, detailing reasons why God’s people should praise Him.
1. God’s Restoration and Mercy
God has definitely restored my life. I feel His mercy upon me each day. This is a beautiful reason to praise God—He restores, and He is merciful.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. 5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
(Psalm 147:1-6, NKJV)
I love how this Psalm begins with the words that it is good to sing praises to God. I completely agree with that. Praising God shifts your mindset from your problems and onto God.
2. God Finds Joy in His Children
The second reason to praise God is because He finds joy in His children. Take a moment to digest that thought. God finds joy in you. Yes, it’s true.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. 9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry.
10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
(Psalm 147:7-11, NKJV)
Praise God because you fill Him with joy. When you revere God, He takes pleasure in that. He takes pleasure when you hope in His mercy.
3. God’s Word is Powerful
Praise God because His Word is powerful.
His Word will not return void. It will accomplish what God intends it to do (Isaiah 55:11, NKJV)
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with [a]the finest wheat.
15 He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. 16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; 17 He casts out His hail like [b]morsels; Who can stand before His cold? 18 He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any nation;
(Psalm 147:12-20, NKJV)
When God declares something. It will be accomplished. Trust that God has a plan and is still in control. God is making a way where there seems to be no way.
3 Powerful Reasons to Praise God
There are so many reasons to praise God.
He is the creator of you and this entire world. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God is majestic. He sent His son, Jesus to die for everyone’s sins on the cross.
Psalm 147 outlines three other reasons, which I hadn’t really focused on until I read the notes in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible.
God’s restoration and mercy
God finds joy in His children
God’s Word is powerful
Praise God today for his restorative power and mercy in your life. Praise Him because He finds joy in you, His child. Praise God because His Word is powerful.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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