2007-11-08 - My Great Redeemer's
Charles Wesley penned a hymn many years ago called, "O, For a Thousand
Tongues to Sing." I've always cherished this hymn, and how it has
caused me to reflect on praising Him and the importance of that praise. It
is as follows:
"O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise.
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace.
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ:
Ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame for joy."
God created us for many reasons, and the most important being is to show
Him glory. In Psalm 22:3, it proclaims that God inhabits the praise of His
People (Israel). Therefore, we should praise Him in all things, and in all
things shall He be praised. He is holy and well-deserving of our praise.
David filled the Psalms with his unending praises to the Father. And he petitions
the Father to fill his mouth with praise. Psalm 11:8 encourages,
"Let my mouth be filled with Your praise." So then,
how or when should we praise God?
Praise Him in the Morning
The moment you awake and put your feet over the side of the bed, let your
heart and mouth be filled with His praises. David sang out,
"My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the
morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up." Psalm 5:3
Praise Him in Time of Crises
When we accept Christ into our lives, we do not become shielded from heartache.
In fact, it is just the very opposite. We are met with resistance and often
anger. However, even in times of perseverance, it is even more important
to sing our praises to Him. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet, because
his prophecies were so often accompanied by his mourning, and his distraught
sense of hopelessness. Even with all the hopelessness, Jeremiah praised God:
"You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity
of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them the Great,
the mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts." Jeremiah 32:18
Praise Him in the Evening
At the end of your day, before you lay to rest, call upon Him who has supplied
your every need. Offer up to Him a prayer of thanksgiving, and praise for
His unending protection. He keeps His watch over us by night.
He is a loving, merciful God - who is ever so worthy of our unending praise.
Praise ye, the Lord! "Let everything that has breath praise
the Lord." Psalm 150:6 You should be certain to praise Him with every
breath you have. Lift His name on high. He then will incline his ear to you.
Psalm 40:1 proclaims, "I waited patiently for the Lord,
and He inclined to me and heard my cry." Thank you, Heavenly Father.