1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1–3, NKJV)
“Count your many blessings, name them one by one…and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” This refrain reminds us that we constantly live by the good blessings of God. Humble faith acknowledges the Lord as the source of every good gift (Jas. 1:17). Even the trials of life refine us and bless us; these too are used by our Father to discipline our faith so that we may bear peaceable, righteous fruit (Heb. 12:5-11). Today is the day to praise the Lord and exalt His holy name. Boast in the Lord and not in yourself for all He does for you. His good providence has given you this day’s blessings and opportunities. Praise and magnify His name!
1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. 3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:1–3, NKJV)
Jehovah God is worthy of wholehearted praise. Whether “the gods” before whom the psalmist sings praises to Jehovah are the rulers of nations, the judges among the people, or the false idols that are nothing, he attributes devoted worship and praise to God for His lovingkindness and truth. These continue to motivate our worship today. Additionally, the psalmist relied upon God, and God kept His word. The Lord answered his prayers, emboldening him and strengthening his faith. What wonderful incentives we have to worship God with our whole heart! He is a God of kindness and of truth. He answers our petitions and assures our faith. Give Him reverent worship with your whole heart.
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses. (Isaiah 63:7, NKJV)
Isaiah breaks forth in praise of Jehovah as he remembers His dealings with Israel. Three reasons for giving Him abundant praise are offered. First, Jehovah is praised for His acts of loyal love (lovingkindnesses) which were richly given to Israel. Second, His goodness is great, and had been mercifully shown to them time after time after time. Third, the Lord is praised because His lovingkindnesses were not sparse, but plentiful. They are counted as a “multitude.” These same reasons continue to form the basis for our praise of Jehovah. His great goodness, abiding mercy and steadfast love is abundantly bestowed on “the Israel of God” today, the church of Christ (Gal. 6:16). Our praise ascends because of His great love, mercy and grace, bestowed on us in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6).
1 Now I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:1-3)
We worship and praise God because of His great power and exalted name. Our King rules the universe by His great power. Not a day passes that we shall not admire and praise His name. The unfathomable greatness of God is the very reason we honor Him. People of faith do not cease to bless His name precisely because there is no end to His greatness. Lift up the name of the Lord and praise the King for His greatness!
10 Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah: 11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. 12 “When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts? 13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. (Isaiah 1:10-15)
Israel had wearied the Lord God with their sacrifices of worship and offerings of praise while they simultaneously defiled themselves with all manner of sin (see Isa. 1:4, where God described His children as a “brood of evildoers”). We cannot successfully worship and serve God with defiled hands; only “holy hands” will do (cf. 1 Tim. 2:8). Pretending to love God while practicing sin is as unholy as the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Cleanse yourself of sin’s defilement that your sacrifices of praise will honor and please Him (Isa. 1:18-20).
1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 4 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 6 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. (Psalm 96:1-6)
This song of praise and thanksgiving honors the Lord God for His great salvation and wondrous glory among the nations of the earth. He is to be elevated and revered as the Creator who “made the heavens” (v. 5). He is in every way superior to “the gods of the peoples”, fashioned by the art and devise of men. Such idols are mere trinkets that perish, but the Lord God is eternal is majestic glory. His dwelling place is adorned with strength and beauty. God is worthy of your reverent worship and thankful service. To serve any other god is utterly futile.