Psalm 146:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
The Psalm starts with a corporate call to worship “Praise the Lord”. This is also often translated “Hallelujah”. We hear this phrase or one word many times without thinking about what it means. It is serious for a group of people to worship the Lord with praise. To praise Him means we are acknowledging the Lord as the one true all-powerful and all-caring God, creator and sustainer of the universe, our redeemer and Lord of our lives. We are declaring our surrender and loyalty to God. The psalmist was looking ahead to a redeemer and did not know all we know about Jesus our Savior. However, he knew it was important for a group of the Lord’s people to worship Him.
The psalmist then turns to his own personal worship of the Lord by praising the Lord with all his soul, heart, mind and thought. He was praising with a tremendous intensity of self. He was declaring his position. He is Lord of my life! We do this every day when we worship through our personal bible study, prayer, mediation, and listening time with our Lord and Savior. This provides strength and guidance as we face many spiritual battles throughout the day.
Have you declared your position today? God can be trusted as the One who reigns eternally. Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Henry Luke 7/29/2017
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