Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord.
2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
4 For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.
8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of Aaron:
20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.
Do we know how great our God, the only true and living God, is? In response to experiencing His awesomeness, we praise. The word praise means to boast about, which is usually negative but not here. Boasting is done in the hearing of others to let them know what one has or does. We have the King of the Universe as our God and Father!
“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history”. 3SM 162.3 When we remember what God has done in our past we praise. The stories of what God has done for us, shared with others, give hope and courage and help then to see God in a true light. Not just his leading but what we have learned from his past leading. As we share what God has done for us we build His reputation, making others trust Him more confidently.
This is written especially to the priests and those who serve in the temple, including us. We are chosen and called to be part of a holy priesthood constantly serving and boasting about God in the hearing of others. “Praise the name of the Lord.”
Mt. View, Hawaii