Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.
My mother is 74 years old and a widow. My father died of kidney cancer when I was just five years old and mother never remarried. Growing up wasn’t easy in a single parent home with three young children, but she always said we had a special place in the heart of God.
Verses like verse 9, “The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow…” (see also Ex. 22:22 and Deut. 10:18) gave her the strength she needed to raise three young children in the fear of the Lord. I can think of times when I wasn’t thankful for our circumstances, but we pulled through – by counting our blessings. When God is the one you put your hope and trust in, you are blessed (verse 5).
Ellen White encourages us to count our blessings and to shout a couple of more “hallelujahs.” We are told, “If more praising of God were engaged in now, hope and courage and faith would steadily increase” (Prophets and Kings, p. 202). Yes, we all need more hope, courage and faith in these end-time days. Let’s praise God more and give Him the glory, for He is worthy. Amen.