One of the few psalms I know by heart is the shortest chapter in the very middle of the Bible. Psalm 117 emphasizes the universality of salvation and reminds us of reasons to praise God even when everything seems to go wrong. Actually, these reasons make us soar like eagles every time we let them permeate our souls.
O praise the Lord, all you nations!
Praise Him, all you people!
For His lovingkindness prevails over us
[and we triumph and overcome through Him],
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
(Psalm 117, AMP,*)
Psalm 117 calls everyone on earth to praise God, no one is excluded. All are welcome to praise the Lord. So no matter where you from or where you’ve been, you’re always welcome. This makes me feel loved and wanted. How about you? Just think, every one of us has a purpose in bringing thanks and praise to God.
Reasons to praise God
And the psalm just keeps getting better and better. The second verse proclaims to us: God’s grace is powerful and his love prevails over us. God will always love us, nothing will ever change that. And his love is not just poetic but practical: his grace will set us free and see us through.
I don’t know about you but these reasons to praise God set my heart to sing. This is all I need to know in order to praise God: I have a God whose love has no limits and he will forever be faithful to me. This reminds me of how blessed I am. His grace is powerful and it is meant for me. Beyond blessed, that’s who I am. And so are you.
We truly are beyond blessed.
Not because of who we are but who you are.
You are our God and your love is limitless;
you are our God and your grace is all-powerful.
Thank you for calling us yours,
we are forever grateful.
We praise you from everlasting to everlasting.
There is none like you.
We love you and praise you forevermore.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What are your reasons to praise God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you thank and praise God all the days of your life!