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Our Psalm for this week sings the praises of God. Why does it do so? In verse five we see that the Lord is the creator. In verse six he is the one who keeps his creation. In verse 13 the Lord is the one with an exalted name and great majesty. In verse 14 he has given strength and protection to his people.
All these reasons to praise the Lord are wonderful. Yet they are not the emphasis of the Psalm. What is the emphasis? It is that all creation, especially God’s people, should praise God.
We often wish to have reasons. The Psalmist does give us some reasons to praise the Lord. However the emphasis here is not on the reason. It is on the action. As we reflect on this Psalm we turn our hearts and minds over to God and give him praise. Why? Well, there’s plenty of reason, but that is secondary. May we take time to show God’s praise, for any reason or for no reason at all. Praise the Lord!
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