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  • Psalm One Hundred Thirteen

    Praise the Lord, our God,
    Praise the Lord, all servants of the Most High.
    Praise His holy name.

    Blessed be the name of the Lord,
    for this time until the the end of time and beyond.

    From sunrise to sunset,
    from sunset to sunrise,
    the name of the Lord will be praised.

    The Lord is the ruler of all nations,
    and His glory is higher than the heavens.

    Who is like our God,
    who can be like our God?
    For He sits upon His throne in the heavens.

    Yet He humbles Himself to care about us,
    He watches over us as we go about our lives.

    He hears the prayers of the poor and the needy,
    and lifts them up from their poverty.
    He sits them at the table with the rulers of the lands.

    He restores fertility to a barren woman, and gives her children to care for.
    Praise the Lord for his goodness and mercy.

    Songs that never go out of fashion

    A friend of mine commented privately to me in Facebook that Praising God seems to be a recurring theme in Psalms. She wondered why.

    I guess the easiest way to explain it is to remind everyone the word Psalms can be translated as Songs. Another word for Songs in Christian Churches? Hymns.

    So think of this book as a hymnal. Now, every church I have been in, there are certain hymns that seem to pop up quite often. Favorites of the minister or of the music director (depending on how big your church is), no doubt. Choir leaders always have their favorites as well.

    But there is something else about a hymnal, any hymnal. If you flip through the various hymns, you will find a recurring theme. Praise.

    Jesus himself taught us what we refer to as The Lord's Prayer. It starts with praise. When you begin a worship service, you start with praise. When we receive our meals, we start them with praise. When we wake up in the morning, before we go to bed at night, and all through the day, we thank God in prayer for the good things He brings into our lives. Praise.

    After all, He is God.

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