Praise the Lord! – Psalm 150:1a
The very last psalm in the Bible tells us to praise God for everything and to do so everywhere we are! We are to praise the LORD. The Bible tells us that God inhabits (or dwells in) the praises of his people. So why wouldn’t we want to praise him?
Here it is the last day of 2012, December 31, and I am reading that we are to praise the LORD. Most people are taking time on this day to compile a list of things they want to accomplish in the new year – things they will most likely not achieve. They have good intentions with wanting to change things and do better in the new year. However, as I read my daily devotion today, I hear the Spirit of God speaking to me and saying that I need to take a look back over this year, 2012, and praise God for what he has done! To do as the psalmist wrote and praise God for his mighty works. Nevertheless, I don’t want to just reflect upon the recent past. I want to praise God for what he will do in the coming year. He will provide, he will protect, and he will redeem. Although time may continue and seasons change, the Creator of the universe, YHWH, will never change. He will continue to woo people to himself and increase the members of his eternal family. Let us praise him for what he’s done, is doing, and will do. Or, as the psalmist said, “Praise the LORD!”
Father, I praise you for everything in my life, for the people that have helped shaped me, and for the love and mercy you showed me. As this year winds to a close, I lift up my voice and praise you with a heart of gratitude. For without you, I am nothing. I love you and worship you, and you alone! I praise you for all you’ve done, are doing, and will do. THANK YOU! May this next year be even greater than this one. In Jesus’ name, Amen.