Friday, December 14, 2012

Well worth praising!

Spending some time reading, reflecting, contemplating and trying to process how faithful and true God has been in my life not just this past year but every single moment of my life. 

I came across this Psalm of Thanks and as I was reading it the song "Oh Praise Him" by David Crowder kept coming into my thoughts as well.

I pray that the words of the Psalmist and the Words of David Crowder will encourage you as they did me today!

David’s Psalm of Thanks
1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (The Message)

That was the day that David inaugurated regular worship of praise to God, led by Asaph and his company.

Thank God! Call out his Name! Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done! Sing to him! Play songs for him! Broadcast all his wonders! Revel in his holy Name, God-seekers, be jubilant! Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night; Remember all the wonders he performed,  the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth. 

Seed of Israel his servant! Children of Jacob, his first choice! He is Godour God; wherever you go you come on his judgments and decisions. He keeps his commitments across thousands of generations, the covenant he commanded, The same one he made with Abraham, the very one he swore to Isaac; He posted it in big block letters to Jacob,this eternal covenant with Israel:

“I give you the land of Canaan, this is your inheritance; Even though you’re not much to look at, a few straggling strangers.”

They wandered from country to country, camped out in one kingdom after another; But he didn’t let anyone push them around, he stood up for them against bully-kings: “Don’t you dare touch my anointed ones, don’t lay a hand on my prophets.”

Sing to God, everyone and everything! Get out his salvation news every day! Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions.

And why? Because God is great—well worth praising! No god or goddess comes close in honor. All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense, but God made the cosmos! Splendor and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place.

Shout Bravo! to God, families of the peoples, in awe of the Glory, in awe of the Strength: Bravo! Shout Bravo! to his famous Name, lift high an offering and enter his presence! Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness!

God is serious business, take him seriously; he’s put the earth in place and it’s not moving. So let Heaven rejoice, let Earth be jubilant, and pass the word among the nations, “God reigns!”

Let Ocean, all teeming with life, bellow, let Field and all its creatures shake the rafters;
Then the trees in the forest will add their applause to all who are pleased and present before God
    —he’s on his way to set things right!

Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits. Say, “Save us, Savior God, round us up and get us out of these godless places, So we can give thanks to your holy Name, and bask in your life of praise.” Blessed be God, the God of Israel,  from everlasting to everlasting.
Then everybody said, “Yes! Amen!” and “Praise God!”

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