The Responsibility of Praise

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?

7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

– Psalm 113:1-9

These verses tell us that we have some responsibilities. First, we are to praise God. It’s tragic when we forget to praise the Lord. Someone has said that he feels sorry for atheists and agnostics because when they want to be thankful, they have no one to talk to. How can a person really enjoy a beautiful sunrise or a sunset, a beautiful spring day or even a beautiful winter day, if he can’t thank the One who creates these things? God deserves our praise, for He does so much for us.

The psalmist also tells us to praise God all day long, “from the rising of the sun to its going down” (v. 3). Praise Him when you have to get up in the morning. Praise Him when you’re tired at the end of the day. Praise Him during the day for the good things that happen and for the difficult things. Give Him thanks for seeing you through every situation.

We also should praise Him all over the world–as suggested by the psalmist’s reference to the daily journey of the sun from the east to the west. What are we doing about those who do not know the Lord, the many who have never heard about Jesus Christ and His salvation? Let’s begin by witnessing right where we are. Let’s pray and give. Missionaries need our support. Perhaps God wants you to go and carry the Gospel message overseas.

* * *God has attached responsibility to your privilege of praising Him. You never run out of reasons to praise the Lord. Your praise to Him should encompass the whole day and the whole world. Is praise part of your daily walk with the Lord?

– Warren Wiersbe,
http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/devotions/authors/warren_wiersbe.html

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