Sometimes God repeats Himself.
And when He says something more than once, I’ve learned to pay attention.
In reading the Psalms last week, guess what I found…
You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! – Psalm 22:23
O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great. – Psalm 115:9-13
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever.” – Psalm 118:1-4
Bless the LORD, O house of Israel!
Bless the LORD, O house of Aaron!
Bless the LORD, O house of Levi!
You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD! – Psalm 135:19-20
See the pattern?
No matter who you are, or who I am…
What nationality we’ve inherited, what country we call home,
or which era chronicled our birth…
God calls us to praise Him.
Over 50 times in Scripture believers are urged specifically to praise the Lord.
From kneeling in quiet adoration,
To lifting voices or hands (or both), to playing instruments in songs of joy,
To literally shouting and dancing in celebration of His goodness…
He provokes us (more like, nudges us) to praise Him—to worship Him.
Worship is good for us.
We are made better by it.
Worship announces to those around us who our God is.
And we were created for this very purpose.
True praise and genuine worship have a miraculous way of washing aside
our worries, our doubts, our fears, our sorrows, our regrets,
our self-absorbed pride…
(It sounds simplistic, yet too often I forget. That’s why I need to be reminded.)
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. – John 4:23
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