Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113: 1 – 3
What a beautiful verse and one that can certainly stand on its own! God alone is worthy of our devotion, praise, and worship.
We are called to worship Him with every fiber of our being, with every thought and deed – every day of our lives – “from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.” We are reminded that praising and worshiping God is not just an action in which we are singing songs, being in church, or reading His Word. Praising and worshiping God is a continuous condition of the heart, an expression of our love and complete awe in Him, with a willingness to exalt Him for His greatness, power, and glory “both now and forevermore”.
Today as we think about His great love and goodness to us, may we reflect on what He means to each of us. As we “praise the name of the Lord“, may we think about the many different names and titles given to God, our Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and His Wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit. Out of all the titles given in Scripture, each one reveals different attributes of our loving God. As we read a few of them, may we think about the ones that speak to us in a personal way – as God has most revealed Himself to us. And may we be grateful for each one.
El Shaddai (Almighty God) . . . Yahweh (Our Lord and Master) . . . Abba (Father) . . . Our Creator . . . Sustainer of Life. . . Savior . . . The Good Shepherd . . . King of Kings . . . Comforter . . . Immanuel (God is with us) . . . Teacher . . . Redeemer . . . Shield . . . Rock . . . Bread of Life . . . Living God . . . Prince of Peace . . . Righteous One . . . Lamb of God . . . Friend . . . Light of the World . . . Lord of Lords . . . Song of Our Hearts . . . The Alpha and Omega . . . The Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . Bright and Morning Star . . . Guide . . . Jehovah . . . Living Water . . . Our Everlasting God . . . Physician . . . Potter . . . Most High God . . . The Passover Lamb . . . The Spirit of the Lord . . . Our Sovereign God . . . The Deliverer . . . Messiah . . . Adonai (Lord and Master) . . . The Word of Life . . . The Most Holy One . . . The Gentle Healer . . . and our Most Loving and Merciful God.
Our most gracious God, we thank you for all the many ways you show your love and faithfulness to us. May we honor you always with our most heartfelt worship and devotion. Amen