#DailyDevotion Wednesday May 24, 2017
A song of Praise (Psalm 113)
The prayer that Jesus taught his disciples which is widely known as the Lord’s prayer, starts with an acknowledgement of a relationship with God (Our Father in heaven). The next phrase is that of a praise or adoration; Hallowed by Thy name. This shows that to give praise and adoration to the LORD must always be embedded in our prayer.
Praising God in our prayers constantly reminds us of God’s splendor than our weaknesses, problems and pains. Psalm 113 is one among the many songs in the book of Psalms that typical praises the Lord, in it there is neither supplication nor repentance, it is a song of praise. The psalmist writes;
“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; 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. The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from dust and lifts the needy from ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people. He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD” (Psalm 113:1-9).
Sometimes we need to come before the LORD only to extol him, only to sing of his greatness, only to bless his holy name, only to confess back to him his great works. We ought to praise God all the time. Andrew Womack writes that; “Praise is not the inevitable by-product that comes when everything is going right in our lives; it is the driving force. Praise will get our focus where it needs to be—on God. If we start praising God in the middle of our problems, our problems will shrink so much that we’ll hardly remember to bring them to God! We’ll be so busy praising Him and thanking Him for His blessings that our problems will be an afterthought.”
Praise the LORD. Amen! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.