Monday, January 8, 2018

Psalm 150:1, Matthew 11:25 NIV 2011

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”

 

This Psalm is called “the final great Hallelujah-perhaps composed specifically to close the Psalter.” God should be praised in His sanctuary. God, the Creator, created the heavens and earth in Genesis 1:1. God is sovereign. Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God…” Luke quotes Jesus’ praise of God, Lord of heaven and earth, in Luke 10:21. The apostle Paul in Acts 17:24 used the same phrase, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…” God is sovereign and worthy of praise. Praise of God the Father is an essential element of prayer.

 

If unfamiliar with offering praise in prayer, Psalms is a great place to find words to use in praise of God. Revelation 1:8 is another favorite of mine, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and is who is to come, the Almighty.’” Alpha, Omega: the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. He is the beginning and the end. With these elements in mind, praise becomes an essential part of my daily prayer.

 

Why is God worthy of our praise?

 

Praise God together today,

S

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