Psalms 147-150

Psalms 147-150

You have a responsibility to praise the Lord. God has given you this great and awesome honor. God has put you here for a purpose, and within that purpose is found His unfailing love.God is always there wanting to touch us and feed us and bless us… And His pleasure isn’t in our strength or what we can do for Him. He takes no delight in that, but He delights in our knowing that He’s there and loving us and blessing us and desiring to be part of us, that we fear Him, that we look to Him. That’s where the relationship begins, and that’s where God’s love for us is poured out. “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love…”

There is reason to praise the Lord because God created you. You know, I don’t imagine the rock spends much time thinking about, “Why did God make me thus.” But yet, I know a lot of men who spend their time, wasting their lives saying, “God, why did You do this with me?,” instead of saying, “God, You did this. I’m going to praise You for it. I’m going to find the reason that You put me here; the reason that You created me to have love relationship with You. I’m going to find that, and I’m going to share it with everybody! I’m going to let everybody know that they need to praise the Lord, too!” We get so caught up in our own circumstances; in our own minute, little life. But yet, the psalmist, coming out of captivity, looks around him and even the sea creatures, the birds of the air, the plants, the rocks, everything has responsibility to God because God created them. And what is that responsibility? To praise Him for His everlasting love…

We can sing a new song! We don’t have to sing the old song that we’ve been singing for years, “Oh, God! Why?” You know what? God created us because He loves us and He’s given us a life of excitement. Because we have breath in our lungs, because we have sight to see, we look around us, we’ve been blessed with this great ability to see all that God has done, to experience all that God has done. That’s a new song. We need to sing the new song. Rather than complaining to God about all the hardships, look past the hardships, and sing the new song, and praise Him in the assembly of the saints. Take opportunity to gather together with one another in fellowship. Don’t avoid the assembly of the saints, but gather together with them in order to sing this new song of praise to the Lord…

God’s Word is going to deal with this world. God has created a scenario where our praise is going to, then, bind the nations. Our vengeance: the double-edged sword. Do you know what the double-edged sword is, guys? It’s not a weapon that we use to inflict punishment on people; pain and cut their arms and legs off. The double-edged sword is the Word of God that He’s put in our hand… And this is the glory of all the saints. The glory of the saints is being able to share God’s Word in such a way that people know that they are in sin against God…

Do you have breath today? You have a responsibility to praise the Lord. God has given you this great and awesome honor called life. God has put you here for a purpose, and within that purpose is found His unfailing love. He displays to His creation — not just us but all that He’s created — He displays His unfailing love in how He interacts with us, and we have a responsibility. We’ve been given a great honor, and it comes from here [touches his mouth] and it comes from here [touches his heart]. We praise Him with our mouth but it starts in our heart. How do you feel about God? What has your life brought you to? Are we going to be one of these men that God chose over a thousand years to represent Him when we stand in the halls of heaven? Is God going to say, “And there’s my child. He praised Me openly. He wasn’t afraid to name my Name. He wasn’t afraid to stand up for Me. She had a great testimony. She opened her mouth every opportunity, and shared the love that I had for her.” This is what God is looking for in us. He doesn’t promise us good times. He doesn’t promise us easy times. He doesn’t promise us health and wealth. In fact, sometimes, great men of God suffer and die… But we have the great honor of standing up and displaying before all creation a conscious effort, with knowledge of Who He is and knowledge of who we are, to still praise God and experience His unfailing love. It’s a great and awesome responsibility.

Pastor Dave Elkins