Sunday, August 10, 2014

Forever My Soul Will Sing


Forever My Soul Will Sing:

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." (Psalms 104:33)

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 150:6)

How wondrous is our Heavenly Father! Indeed, He is so good and so pure! He is worthy to be praised! Lift up a joyful noise! Let the sounds of praise resonate throughout your being, penetrating darkness, defeating sickness, and encouraging spiritual growth.

Psalms 150:6 is the very last verse of the entire book of Psalms. I think it's a beautiful thing to end such an impactful and inspirational book of the Holy Bible with the words, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"

The book of Psalms concluded beautifully an exclamatory exaltation to the Lord our God. The word praise in this verse is the Hebrew word from which we get the word hallelujah, and I'll actually dive deeper into this momentarily.

"For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever. Praise the Lord." (Psalm 117:2)

The ending phrase of Psalms 117:2, "Praise the Lord" comes from the Hebrew phrase "Hallelu Yah." This phrase is a compound of the word hālal which means praise (the word used in Psalms 150:6) and the word Yah which is an abbreviated form of YAHWEH (the name of the Lord). Therefore, the phrase "Hallelu Yah" means praise the Lord.

"Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalms 106:1)

The Lord's marvellous mercy endures forever. His compassionate love and gentleness towards all He has created transcends all worldly brokenness. His patient kindness covers over our fleshly weaknesses, and washes away our impurities.

"The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." (Psalms 145:8-9)

Unlike many of us, He is slow to anger. When we fall away or stray off track, He doesn't become enraged and exasperated. Rather, He gently lifts us up, places us back in His loving arms, and strokes us once again with His indubitable tenderness. His graciousness excites an uncontainable gratitude in us, and we can't help but praise Him.

"Everyday I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever...All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you." (Psalms 145:2,10)

Forever and for all of eternity, my soul shall burst with effusive praise. Oh how wonderfully astonishing the Lord our God is! Let us rejoice and say it again, "Hallelu Yah!"

"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 106:48)

Praise the Lord! Hallelu Yah! Shout out a joyous song! May we never grow weary of rejoicing in His Presence. May we daily hunger to give Him more of ourselves. Let every day we live be an act of surrender and worship. Oh, holy is He! You're worthy to be praised Father! Hallelu Yah! We praise You, mighty Lord! Forever we shall praise You!


-The Introverted Evangelist

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