The book of Psalms in the Old Testament is loaded with praises. While the word Psalm generally means songs, different psalms may mean more than that. Dictionary.com has some of the meanings listed in their Bible Dictionary section.
Singing the praises to the Lord was taught by David to the Old Testament believers. Thirteen of the psalms are listed or known as songs, some are songs set to music, some have nothing to do with singing, but speaking only. The majority of them are about praising God or singing praises to God.
In studying praise from Psalms I read one of them that I probably read many times before, but it didn’t mean as much to me until I was studying that specific word.
Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
God wants our praise all the time, but he gives us many ways to offer that up: in singing, dancing, musical instruments.
I had a hard time last year dealing with a situation. I didn’t want to worry about it, but I found that it was hard not to, yet I knew that God didn’t want me to worry for worry only brings stress.
I decided to begin to praise God. If I ran out of things to praise him about, I would think of some hymns we sang at church and do my best to remember the words and sing them in my mind for I was at work, and it wouldn’t have been appropriate for me to sing out loud.
The coolest thing happened, after I was doing this for a while, I realized I wasn’t worrying about my situation anymore. It was easier for me to remain peaceful and expect God to take care of the situation or at least show me how to handle it better.
There is a lot in the Bible about praying all the time and being thankful all the time. It seems to our brains that it’s not possible to do that all of the time, but I don’t believe God expects us to do each of them simultaneously because we can only think one thought at a time. These do give us ways to go through our days so that we can succeed and excel in any situation and circumstance.
It doesn’t mean that waves and tumultuous weather won’t come our way, but with God on our side, (and if we are praying, thanking and praising, we’ll remember him more), because we can calm the sea just as Jesus did.
Walking on water and calming the sea can be figurative; it can stand for any major event in our lives that we are able to manage with God’s help and not sink, but it can be literal also.
God gave dominion to Adam in the book of Genesis, but when Adam sinned that dominion was transferred to Satan. When Jesus paid the price for our sins and for Adams also, he bought back everything that Adam gave away. Jesus was able to talk to the elements and calm things down because he had the dominion over those things and he knew who he was as the son of God.
When we got born again, all that became available to us, we just need to stand up and believe in who we are as sons of God.
And when he (Jesus) had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him,
O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Peter didn’t begin to sink as soon as he left the boat. It says he came down out of the boat, and walked on the water to go to Jesus. It wasn’t until he looked at the wind, that he became afraid. As long as his eyes were fastened on Jesus, he was all right, but when he looked at the circumstances, then he began to falter.
I’m sure we can all remember situations like that in our lives. When we feel like we’re sinking, we need to put our eyes back onto the Lord.
In church years ago we used to sing a newer song, I don’t know who wrote it. I did check the search engines a bit to see if it was online. I can’t find it, but I’m not going to put the whole thing down, not sure whether I can remember it word for word even then. I can sing it leaving out a lot of words, but it starts with this phrase, which is also the chorus:
Keep looking at the Lord, he’ll carry you through.
The second verse begins with:
When I look inside myself to find the keys to life, all I find is emptiness misery and strife; then I start remembering the keys of yesterday, I put my mind right back on God and everything’s okay.
(If anyone knows the copyright info to this, I’d be glad to add it).
- Praise in the Psalms! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- Will His praise always be on your lips? (livingmoreabundantly.wordpress.com)
- Worship (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
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