July 2nd

"Praise the Lord!  Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the godly!  Let Israel be glad in His Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!  Let them praise His Name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.  Le the the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands..."  Psalm 149: 1-6

In Psalm 149-150 we will see that as David comes to the end of his journey.  He looks back over his life and gives praise to the Lord.  In these last two Psalms it only contains praise for the Lord!  We do not see David talking about problems, heartache, sorrow, or trials.

When we come to the end of our journey, I pray that I will be able to simply just praise the Lord for being with me on this journey of life.  Praising the Lord is good for us and gives us a deeper appreciation for the Lord.

Look at all the ways David is praising the Lord at the end of his journey.  Praise and Worship did not become a ritual, or singing when we go to church, but it was what David did in this season of his life.  The older I get I want to continue to praise the Lord, with everything I have!

David tells us:  Start praising the Lord right now!  Sing to the Lord a new song (not just a ritual, but just praising the Lord for what He has done in our lives today!).  Praise the Lord when you get around other Christians and in Church.  (When we come to church we have come to worship Him!). Praise Him with gladness! Praise Him with dancing!  If you play an instrument use it to praise the Lord!  (How many people play an instrument and God is wanting you to use that for His glory!)

Why should I praise the Lord?  Because the "Lord takes pleasure in His people!"  Praise is about bringing pleasure to the Lord, not about making us happy!  Praise is about give glory to the Lord and when we praise and worship the Lord it is all about His pleasure!!!!!  Does the Lord receive pleasure from the way we praise and worship?

I should praise the Lord because I receive something as well: "He adorns the humble with salvation."  Humble people are people of praise because we appreciate our salvation that God gives us every day!  I pray the older that I get that I never take my salvation for granted, but that I have a daily appreciation that God loved me so much that He saved me from all my sins!

David uses these words in Psalm 149:6 - "Let the high praises be in their throats."  What is high praise?   High Praise means - Praise should be given to the Lord with passion, exuberance, to boast in the Lord, and to be intense, shout of praise.  It also means that we physically worship the Lord, with clapping, raising our hands, dancing and to be active our praise to our Wonderful Savior!

Today, let us just take some time and praise the Lord!

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