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July 3, Sunday

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Why Praise? — This psalm begins and ends with “Praise the LORD!” (Heb.: hallelu-jah), making it the theme of the psalm.  After that opening, it is followed by the warning, “Put not your trust in princes” (v. 3), which is our tendency.  Man’s ability is limited but God’s power is infinite, and that divine power is detailed in the following praise-worthy verses.  Why should we obey the command to “Praise the LORD!”?  There are many reasons: He blesses and helps (v. 5); He created the universe (v. 6); He “keeps faith” (v. 6, “remains faithful” NIV); He provides justice, food, and freedom (v. 7); He heals, strengthens, and loves (v. 8); He protects (v. 9); and He “will reign forever” (v. 10).  He is worthy of praise.  Let’s praise Him with the doxology.

Doxology – YouTube

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July 4, Monday

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Infinite God — Like yesterday’s psalm, this psalm begins and ends with “Praise the LORD!”  The same is true for the following three psalms, ending this book with glorious praise to God.  He is worthy of praise for all that He does, and this psalm lists 22 of those activities of God, 11 of them for the physical universe and 11 for people who fear Him.  In the middle of these lists, however, is a wonderful statement that stresses something about the character of God: “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (v. 5).  God is infinite.  “Great is our Lord” is really an understatement; He is really infinite in greatness.  In every category, He is completely great.  Being “abundant in power” is also an understatement; He is really infinite in power.  He can do anything, as illustrated by the list of things He has done as Creator.  And finally, “his understanding is beyond measure.”  This one clearly expresses the infinite nature of His understanding.  He understands everything.  How can we not praise a God like that?!  Praise the Lord with this hymn, based on this psalm:

We Praise You, Lord – YouTube

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July 5, Tuesday

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Made to Praise — Twice in this psalm, the statement is made, “Let them praise the name of the LORD!” (vv. 5, 13).  It divides the psalm into two distinct parts.  The first part calls on everything above the earth to praise God: “…the heavens … angels … hosts … sun … moon … stars … waters above” (vv. 1-4).  The reason they should praise Him is this: “For he commanded and they were created” (v. 5).  God’s creation praises Him by fulfilling the purpose for which they were created.  The second half calls for everything on the earth to praise Him: “…sea creatures … fire … hail … snow … mist … wind … mountains … trees … beasts … livestock … creeping things … birds … and all peoples” (vv. 7-12).  The people are a special category because they are given a choice whether they will praise God or not.  The psalm gives two main reasons why they should praise Him.  First, He is worthy of praise: “…for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven” (v. 13).  Of all things worthy of praise, God is the highest.  Why settle for less?  The second reason for praise is because of what He gives to His people: He gives them power (“a horn”), “praise” itself, and intimacy (“near to him”)—v. 14.  When we praise Him, we also are fulfilling the purpose for which we were created.

Endless Praise – YouTube

Here is a much better song of praise suggested by one reader from the Philippines:
I Was Made to Praise You – YouTube

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July 6, Wednesday

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Pleased by Praise — In the middle of this psalm that focuses mostly on singing praises to God or executing His vengeance on opposing nations, we learn two important things about God.  “For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation” (v. 4).  What is it that pleases God?  From this context, it seems that we please Him by praising Him in song, which is the emphasis of verses 1-5a.  Do you not sing in church because you think you do it poorly?  If so, you are missing out on an opportunity to please God.  Maybe that is why, in five places, the book of Psalms commands us to “make a joyful noise” to the Lord (Ps. 95:1,2; 98:4, 6; 100:1).  We don’t sing to please ourselves or the people sitting close to us in church; we sing to please God.  We are also instructed in our psalm for today to sing “a new song … in the assembly of the godly!” (v. 2).  Many of us react negatively to singing new songs in church for a number of reasons, but we are commanded by God to sing new songs to Him, even accompanied by dancing and noisy instruments (v. 3).  Just remember that we are to do this to please God, not ourselves.  The second thing we learn about God in verse 4 is that He rewards humility with salvation.  Humility is probably not admired by the culture around you.  It pleases God, however, and “he adorns the humble with salvation.”  It takes humility to admit one’s sin and to seek a Savior.

This is likely a new song of praise for you.  Sing it to the Lord!
When All Thy Mercies, O My God – YouTube

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July 7, Thursday

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Finale of Praise — What a great climax of praise for the book of Psalms!  The word “praise” is used twelve times in six verses, and all that praise is pointed to Yahweh.  Most of the psalm emphasizes who is to praise God and how they are to praise Him, but there is one verse that describes the Object of praise, and why they ought to praise Him: “Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” (v. 2).  Notice that we are called to praise God for the two things we are focusing on this year in our readings: what God does and who He is—His activity and His attributes.  The activities of His “mighty deeds” are not described here, except that it mentions “his mighty heavens” (v. 1), which He created.  And the only character attribute mentioned here is “his excellent greatness” (v. 2), which sounds like an understatement.  His greatness is not only excellent, it is perfect.

This hymn of praise was written by Miss Cady who married Mr. Cory!
It may be unfamiliar to you but you will likely recognize the tune.
We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer – YouTube

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July 8, Friday

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Generous Giver — The book of Ecclesiastes, apparently written by Solomon, is a bit different from other books of the Old Testament.  It is filled with satire and irony, and I found only a few places that teach something about God.  This passage tells us that our food and enjoyment “is from the hand of God” (v. 24).  We acknowledge this when we pray before meals.  Although we may have done work to earn money to pay for the food we eat, our job and our abilities to generate money are gifts to us from God.  It is interesting that God gives us enjoyment and we give God enjoyment in return, being “one who pleases him” (v. 26).  And if we please Him, He gives us even more: “God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy” (v. 26).  God is loving and generous.  He loves to give and we benefit from it.

Here is an appropriate hymn that may be sung to the tune of
“Come, Thou Almighty King.”

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July 9, Saturday

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God and Time — Part of this passage has the same emphasis that we considered yesterday, but there are also three statements about God in connection with time.  The first is that “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v. 11a).  This is not so much about the beauty of what God does, but the beauty of His timing.  Paul wrote that “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law…” (Gal. 4:4).  God’s timing is perfect, which makes it beautiful.  The second statement about God and time is found in the same verse: “…he has put eternity into man’s heart” (Eccl. 3:11b).  God made us in such a way that we would ponder the concept of life after death.  Even people who don’t know God often ask, “What is the purpose of life?”  They intuitively feel that there must be more than this earthly life.  For Christians, who have the Spirit of God dwelling in their hearts, there is a powerful understanding of eternity.  We have been given a taste of eternity by experiencing eternal life, and we anticipate spending eternity with Christ after this life.  The last connection of God with time in this passage is that “whatever God does endures forever” (v. 14).  As someone has said, rather crudely but cleverly, “God don’t make no junk.”  What God does turns out beautifully in His perfect timing, and it lasts forever.

In His Time – YouTube

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