Today’s Devotional – October 29, 2014- “Praise Him!” – Psalm 66:1-4
On This Day
1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh wasa beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
1682 – William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA.
1942 – The Alaskan highway was completed.
1942 – Nazis murdered 16,000 Jews in Pinsk, Soviet Union.
1945 – The first ball point pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented.
1969 – The US Supreme Court ordered the end to all school desegregation “at once”.
2004 – The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasted an excerpt from a video by Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and referenced the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
To the chief Musician, a Song of Psalm.
“Let the whole earth shout with joy to the Lord!
Play music o honor His name and make His praise glorious.
Tell the Lord how awesome His works are! Through the greatness of your adversaries will submit themselves you.
The whole earth will worship you and sing praise to you; they will sing to praise your name. Selah” (Stop and consider this wonderful thing!)
Fanny Crosby, who was one of the most prolific song writers of the past, wrote many of her songs with this same theme of praise. It is especially interesting when we consider the physical challenge of blindness that she faced because of an accident shortly after her birth.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory; Strength and honor give to His holy name! Like a shepherd Jesus will guard His children, In His arms He carries them all day long: Refrain: Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! For our sins He suffered, and bled and died; He, our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified! Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows; Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong; Refrain: Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever; Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet and Priest and King! Christ is coming! Over the world victorious, Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong: Refrain: Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!
Most of us are prone to praise the Lord when all things are just as “we” would like them to be. David’s psalms and songs of praise are never dependent on his circumstances or his own righteousness. He recognized his own depraved condition and realized that he deserved not consideration by God. There was nothing that he pointed to remind God of his goodness. David accurately expressed this truth in the 51st Psalm when he said, “Be gracious to me, O God, according to your kindness and goodness: according to the greatness of your tender compassion wipe out my rebellion. Wash me completely from my depravity, and purify me from my unclearness. For I know I am rebellious: and my sin is continually on my mind. I have sinned, and done evil in your sight: you are just when you speak, and are pure when you judge. Behold, I was born depraved; and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inner man: and in the inner man you make me to understand wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be pure: wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Cause me to obey with joy and gladness; that the bones which you have crushed may be glad. Cover my sin before your face, and wipe out all of my depravity. Create in me a pure inner man, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:1-10) The same psalm could be and should be song by all of us before God. We all need to recognize and confess to God:
“be gracious to me”
“wash me from my depravity”
“I am rebellious”
“my sin is constantly on my mind”
“I have sinned and done evil”
“your judgment is just”
“I was born depraved”
“cause me to obey”
“cover my sin”
“wipe out my depravity”
“create in me a pure inner man”
“renew a right spirit within me”
It is only when these thoughts are a part of our lives that we can praise God in every circumstance.
Are you facing great challenges in your life? Seek His cleansing and recognize His grace in your life that you DO NOT deserve. Understand completely that God is sovereign in every circumstance that each of us face. We cannot escape His notice or be too far from His care. It is difficult to praise God in the challenges that we experience in life, but it is also necessary that we praise Him in these same circumstances. You are blessed will under persecution. You are honored when call on to suffer. You are loved when the discipline of God is needed and applied in your life. We may and should understand as Fanny Crosby did and sing through these hard times.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done, So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in. Refrain: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord; praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory, great things He hath done. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. To God be the glory, the victory is won; Our praise to the Savior has only begun; In heaven’s radiant splendor we’ll join with the throng And praise Him forever in jubilant song.
David closes this portion of his psalm with the little word “Selah”. In music the word means to pause, but the application in David’s psalms is to “Stop and think about this marvelous thing.”
Will you stop and consider God’s wonderful acts on our behalf?