Psalms 150:1 Praise Ye The Lord

Psalms 146:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 

Psalms 147:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. 

Psalms 148:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Psalms 149:1 (KJV) 
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 

Psalms 150:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 

The final five Psalms all focus on praising the Lord. If it was to be considered a complete work (it isn’t really because it is part of the whole body called our Bible) we could conclude that, after everything else is said and done, just praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord oh my soul
Tell your soul to praise the Lord. Even when it is unnatural and difficult, praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord for it is good
There are some responses that are not good. Praising the Lord is always appropriate. 

Praise the Lord from the heavens
Focus attention on God In your best days as well as the worst. 

Praise the Lord in song
It is the only appropriate use of music. 

Praise the Lord in His sanctuary 
Don’t forsake the house of God. Be there to praise the Lord. 

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Psalms 147:10-11 What Pleases God

Psalms 147:10-11 (KJV)
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

The battle between the flesh and the Spirit is so real that it is difficult to reconcile passages such as this with what we know to be true, what we know must be true; that God blesses ingenuity, hard work, and industry. All who are on the ball believe Ben Franklin’s, “Early to bed, early to rise makes one healthy wealthy and wise.” 

I do not advocate for laziness and slothfulness. I do not advocate for sleeping in and refusing to work. I am sure we ought to give and do our best. But the fact is doing our best is easily morphed into trusting our work. 

God help us fight the flesh, fear the Lord, and hope in His mercy. 

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Psalms 138:7-8 The Lord Will Perfect

Psalms 138:7-8 (KJV)
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

The Lord will perfect….
That means He will make changes. He will put us through things that make us different and that remove from us our imperfections. 

Three promises the Psalmist clings to:
Thou wilt revive me
Breathe new life into me. Feed my soul and spirit so that I am strong enough to keep on.

Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand
“Against the wrath of mine enemies”. This is interesting. God’s hand will be against their wrath but not against them. God is for every soul. He loves everyone and wills that they repent and be saved. He acts against that which is wicked and contrary to His righteousness. 

Thy right hand shall save me
Salvation is rescue first from death and hell. It is also rescue from the destruction this world may do to the child of God. 

Through all of this God perfects that which concerns us.

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Psalms 136:1-3 Strength Through Trouble

Psalms 136:1-3 (KJV)
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

There are twenty-six verses in this Psalm. Every one of the ends with the phrase, “for his mercy endureth forever.”

Consider carefully and you will notice that those statements preceding the phrase outline a history of trouble, trial and tribulations. God was merciful to them in the midst of these troubles. He brought them through them. He delivered them out of them, but he did not keep them from them. 

I get the impression that the Psalmist was preaching to his own soul. Perhaps he was in a period of trouble, trial, and tribulation himself. Perhaps he rehearsed the mercies of God again and again in an effort to bolster his own heart and find the mercy to make it through his difficulties. 

I know this Psalm has the ability to have that effect.

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Psalms 134:2 When the World Sleeps

Psalms 134:2 (KJV)
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

This particular Psalm is addressed specifically to those whose ministry was the worship of the Lord in the night watches. Barnes says of this passage, “There is something favorable to devotion in the silence of the night; when the world sleeps; when we are alone with God.”

We have services:

  • In the morning, 
  • Past noon, and then 
  • Two nights of the week. 

We also hold our revival preaching meetings and special conference services at night. 

There is something favorable when believers assemble while the rest of the world relaxes in fleshly rest. 

The Sunday morning services are always a blessing. 

Particularly blessed are those who are faithful to the scheduled evening services. 

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Psalms 132:7 The Heart for Worship

Psalms 132:1-5 (KJV)
A Song of degrees.
LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

For some time, Israel had been without a place of worship. The leadership of the nation had let slip the most important feature of the people of God. When David ascended to the throne, it became his passion to restore this worship. 

  • He erred at first
  • He faced huge opposition 
  • He was held back from finishing the work

God gave it to His son, Solomon, to be the one who built the temple. 

Still the passion was there. And it spread. 

Psalms 132:6 (KJV)
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

The heart for worship, unnoticed for decades, was revived until the people of the land sang out,

Psalms 132:7 (KJV)
We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. 

Lord, make it so once again!

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Psalms 129:8 The Blessing of the LORD

Psalms 129:8 (KJV)
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

There are at least two ways to understand this passage:
First, “they which go by” might be those that had afflicted this Psalmist from his youth. 
They would not necessarily have to be the same individuals but rather a type of person. Those who follow the Lord often find that those who do not are aggressive and seem to have the upper hand. In the end, that is not true. They do not have the upper hand. They merely have the friendship of this world.

Second, “they which go by” might be other Jews, people just like the Psalmist, passing him during day by day events. 
In this case, the tenor sounds to me like, because of affliction, the average person is unhappy, depressed. He doesn’t have joy enough to share a blessing with his brethren.

Either way, the implication is that the Psalmist observed, lamented, and even suffered from the absence of this common blessing.

May we never be so down that we do not offer a prayer of blessing upon those we meet along the way. 

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Psalms 127:2 The Vanity of Worry

Psalms 127:2 (KJV)
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

This is called, “A psalm of degrees for Solomon”. Interesting, since Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon, is all about vanity. 

I know this verse is not intended to excuse laziness. We are to redeem the time. On the other hand, this verse does teach the absurdity, the vanity, of worry. God’s got this. Just be faithful and trust Him. It also teaches the fallacy of “10% inspiration and 90% perspiration”. While I have no doubt many a ministry has been built on that model, I am convinced what stands is but wood, hay, and stubble. It will, in the end, all be for naught.

  • Be faithful. 
  • Be on time. 
  • Be in place all the time. 

Then leave the concern to the Lord. 

He gives His beloved sleep. 

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Psalms 125:2 Put To Pen

Psalms 125:2 (KJV)
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Years ago, I was a contributing writer for the Call to Glory devotional booklet. I enjoyed writing those 250 or so word pieces and did most of mine from illustrations and incidents that happened to or around me. I attempted to find spiritual lessons in day to day events. 

This verse is a biblical example of this same concept. The Bible is filled with spiritual lessons drawn from life happenings. The Psalmist must have looked at those mountains round about Jerusalem every day of his life. Who knows how many times he had considered how those mountains reminded him that God surrounds, protects, provides and fellowships with his children?

There came a day when the Holy Spirit led him to put that thought to pen. 

We will not write new scripture. But we might be a blessing to other believers or even to our future family if we put to pen the spiritual thoughts we gain from life. 

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Psalms 123:2 Eyes On God

Psalms 123:2 (KJV)
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

I am at our annual church camp out today. The occasion means that my dogs go on many walks on a leash. That’s not something that happens a lot at home. As we walk around the park, both dogs keep a watchful eye on me. Of course, they each have a will of their own and they pull the leash if I allow them. But they know I also have a plan so, as we walk, they keep an almost constant eye on me. 

  • How fast am I walking?
  • How pleasing is my facial expression?
  • Which direction am I turning?
  • What instructions am I giving?

They have a will, but they know, especially with the leash, I am in control. 

Now we should always have our eyes on the Lord. But these are unique days. It would not be wrong to think of the circumstances of the Chinese Covid-19 and the surrounding governmental edicts, as a sort of leash. We, in the United States, are tethered more than we have been in centuries. The government thinks it is in control. We who are Christians know better. 

These are good days to keep our eyes upon the Lord, “until that He have mercy upon us.” 

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