Praise Always

Today we will reflect on how must we praise the Lord. The Psalmist writes:

Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalm 113:2-3, NIV

Here are a few things that stands out in these two simple oft-quoted verses:

  • First of all, note that these verses follow the typical pattern of Hebrew poetry where a key message is repeated in slightly different tones and verbiage for the sake of emphasis and driving home a major point.
  • The very name of the Lord carries so much power and encapsulates all of the nature and character of God. That is why throughout the scriptures we see so many ways of referencing the Lord.
  • At the start the Psalmist only seems to be suggest that the Lord’s name be praised – “Let the name of the Lord be praised” but this becomes an imperative action just a verse later – “the name of the Lord is to be praised.” This indicates that the Lord’s name must be praised. In other words it is not optional.
  • Finally I want to call out that this praise needs to be a continual act….there is no beginning and no end even as the sun is always rising at some part of the world or another while setting on another.

So how can we praise the Lord or be praising His name continually?
How can it become such an integral part of our lives that it has no bounds?
How is this praise supposed to look like?

I would suggest to you that this type of praise has to evolve beyond our typical understanding of “praise and worship” involving musical instruments and vocal chords. Yes, utilizing music is a method to praise the Lord but it is only a single method.

Just as there is no limit to the Lord’s divine characteristics and attributes, so also are the methods to praise Him boundless. For example the Lord is compassionate and so when we exhibit compassion to others, we are manifesting His nature and giving praise to the compassionate Lord.

This way as we align ourselves more and more to His character we can praise His name continually through our speech and actions.

So why not give it a try!


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