01 March 2009

"Praise Ye the Lord"

Praise ye the Lord.
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is honourable and glorious; and His righteousness endureth forever.
He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He hath given meat unto them that fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He hath shewed His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen.
The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
He sent redemption unto His people; He hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do His commandments.
His praise endureth forever.
-Psalm 111

Why does the psalmist praise the Lord? Because of who He is. Why will His praise endure forever, through trial and triumph? Why will His glory stand equally strong whether there's a storm outside or the sun is shining brightly? Because of who He is.

God's character never changes. And since our love for Him is based upon His character, since our faith in Him rests upon His character, neither should true love or true faith change.

May He give us the grace to see past our circumstances (which are quite petty in the end) and keep our eyes fixed fully on Himself. It's not about who we are, or what we can do, but about who He is.

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