The Lord God Almighty Is Worthy Of All Praise
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
The heart of this Psalm is praising the Lord for what He has done. The author immediately begins with a command to praise God: not just in private; but to announce to the world what He has done. As image-bearers of God, we are to loudly proclaim, as the works of His hands, the glory of the One who created everything and even now directs the paths we take.
It brings great glory to God when His people, who are called by His name, proclaim what God has done. Not only what God has done in the past (as recorded in the Bible), but also what God is doing right now. After the fall of man through Adam, God hasn’t rested. He has constantly been at work in the lives of everyone and in the order, motion, and the progression of all things that are occurring.
We would do well to remember that God’s name, YHWH, means “I am He who exists and is dynamically involved in your life.” We are to publicly praise God for who He is and what He has done. The Psalmist next describes three ways to do this.
Symphony of Song
The first way that we can praise God is through singing. When you have time (OK, you can stop laughing now…), search through the Bible for the words sing, singing, sang, and sung. Throughout the Bible, the only times that these words are used are when human beings are using their voices in song. Nowhere does it say that angels, who are mightier than humans, express their praise to God in song. The angels proclaim the glory of God, but they don’t sing of it (at least the Bible doesn’t record that anywhere). But we are told to make music and sing to God as part of our praise and worship of Him.
Singing God’s praise may be a function that is given only to humans, in that singing evokes an emotional response that resonates within us. The angels will never know of the glorious and inexpressible joy that we have from our release of the bondage of sin and invitation and acceptance into the household of God. We have been given the great opportunity to make a joyful noise to the Lord in gratitude for all that He has done. Even if you sing out of key, or can barely make a sound, use all of your might to express your joy to the Lord as best you can in song, for it is not only for the benefit of man that we sing praise about the Lord, but it is to extol and recount the glory of the Lord and His mighty works. And when we make every effort to glorify God in song that expresses the deepest desires and emotional state of our hearts, it pleases God to hear us express it in this manner.
Revel and Rejoice
As part of our praise experience, we are to glory in His name and rejoice in our hearts as we contemplate all that God has done for us and through us. Our hearts are to be tuned to praise God rather than ourselves or others. Nehemiah said that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We should have the attitude of gratitude when it comes to the Lord. As we remember how the Lord has helped us and brought us through deep waters (our most difficult trials), our hearts will be tuned to rejoice in the One who has done all of these things.
See and Seek
And, as part of our praise, we should always look to the Lord and His strength, and seek His face always. We are to constantly desire to be in the presence of the Lord God Almighty. We are most protected and strengthened when we are in the will and the presence of the Lord. When we make it our heart’s desire to seek the Lord in all things, our very lives pour themselves out to Him in a continual song of adoration and praise.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Do I have the attitude of gratitude?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, my heart rejoices in You. May I ever seek Your face, and desire to be in Your presence. When I sin, I am appalled at what I have done. But when I repent, You are faithful to forgive and help me to draw close to You again. Give me the strength to get back up when I have fallen. Help me to recount all that You have done, that men may know of Your mighty works and deeds, and know Your heart that is filled with love for Your creation. Give me a new song to sing, that my praise would be ever vibrant and changing, not a mere repetition of words to music, but a continual outpouring of praise and adoration towards You that is impossible to stop. May all praise, honor, glory, power strength, and dominion be Yours forever and ever, Amen.