I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
In Jewish practice this acrostic Psalm of praise to God as King was recited in the morning and in the evening at the time of sacrifice. Beginning and ending your day on a note of praise and thanksgiving is a practice that can actually lengthen your life and keep you healthy. Researchers are not in agreement how it all happens, but we know that people who are positive and thankful have greater resistance to the common sickness, better mental and physical well-being, and reduced risk of death from heart disease. Solomon, the wisest man who ever walked the earth said: “A cheerful heart is a good medicine” (Proverbs 17: 22).
It’s not just about us and God. Think of the powerful example we give and the impressions we make on our children and the following generations when together we celebrate God’s faithfulness and His Kingship in our lives. Praising God needs to be on our daily schedule, in spite of our present circumstances. God does not change and His mercy, forgiveness, love and faithfulness towards us are constant. Praise Him! Praise Him!