“When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries ‘May Jesus Christ be praised!’”
These were the words that sprang into my mind early one morning as I stood in my kitchen making coffee. I watched outside the window while the sun rose piercing the half-light with an increasingly captivating golden glow that eventually grew in intensity to become so all-consuming it bathed everything beneath the skies. Including me.
As I dug out my old Redemption Hymnal and turned up this wonderful hymn from the early 1800’s, I reflected on the words as an encouragement to praise God in every set of circumstances.
Like you, my emotions can be affected by the circumstances in which I find myself – some circumstances make me feel good, while others can make me feel less good. It’s important for us to acknowledge that while this can be our experience, our circumstances have no bearing on who God is, and therefore they also don’t have any bearing on His praise-worthiness. If I have a bad day, it may well mean I don’t feel like praising God – but it certainly doesn’t mean He’s undeserving of praise.
So, I thought I’d use this blog to reflect from Psalms on why God is worthy of praise. This obviously isn’t a comprehensive Bible study of this topic – just a few simple reflections.
The Psalms encourage us to “praise Him for His mighty works, praise Him for His unequalled greatness” (Ps 150:2 NLT). What are His mighty works? Creation and Salvation are two massive works, and a great place to start. God has created the entire universe – everything from galaxies of billions of stars and planets down to the tiniest subatomic particles, and everything in between! And how did He do it? By commanding it into existence! No wonder the Bible talks about how His voice shakes the earth! He’s also the one who has saved us: saved from our own worst influences, saved from an eternity of separation from Him, saved into a loving relationship with Him as His dearly loved children, and saved into a secure future here on the earth and into eternity. What a mighty and wonderfully generous Father in heaven!