"Praise the Lord, O my soul I will praise the Lord all my life
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."
~Psalm 146: 1-2
The last five psalms of the Psalter are known as Hallel psalms. That’s because they begin with the Hebrew word, Hallel, from which we get Hallelujah, or Praise the Lord.
Psalm 146 is the first of these five psalms. It sets forth a dichotomy between the powers and principalities of this world over against the sovereignty of God. It assumes you can’t have it both ways; and so, it admonishes us not to put our hope in the things of this world, but to trust God to order and provide. It’s a matter of choice. The psalm begins,
"Praise Yahweh, my soul.
While I live, I will praise Yahweh.
I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist" (Psalm 146:1-2).
What does it mean to praise the Lord? This phrase has been used so much it’s lost much of its meaning and reverence. I found a website that listed seven ways to praise God, all based on Hebrew words and support by scripture (see below). You don't have to memorize them, or even use them all - just choose the one(s) that work best for you.
Praise the Lord at all times––when you’re on top of the world and things couldn’t be better; when you’re down in the dumps, and things couldn’t look worse. Praise the Lord continually, as long as you live.
The world beckons to us in countless ways––how to spend your time and your money, where to devote your energy and resources, what values to esteem and hold dear. All the while, God beckons us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, promising with every step along the way, “I will be with you.”
It’s a matter of choice, and only you can decide which to choose.
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