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When I Sing Praises to You

October 29, 2015

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When  I Sing Praises  to You

Our praises  can be different  at different times.     There are some  who praise the LORD mindlessly  in church  —  just because  they are singing a hymn chosen  for that particular church service.     Some praise God  for all the wonderful things He created  for us to enjoy.     Praises are sung  for appreciated helps  through this life.     Others  praise God  in their deepest troubles  as they remember  all the times God has helped them  in the past.

That’s how it was  for an old man,  who wrote Psalm 71,  in praise  of the LORD’s  many deliverances  throughout his life.     In Psalm 71:23-24,  he wrote,

My lips  will shout  for joy  when I sing praises  to You;
And my soul,  which You  have redeemed.
My tongue also  will utter  Your righteousness  all day long;
For they are ashamed,  for they  are humiliated  who seek  my hurt.

The old psalmist said his  “lips  will shout  for joy”.     The Hebrew for “lips” is referring to his language,  speech,  and talk.     All  of his talk was  to be filled  with  “joy”.

His “soul”  refers to his whole self  —  his mind,  life,  being,  and all his emotions.     His whole  “soul” would praise  the LORD  because the LORD had  “redeemed” him.     The LORD had paid  the ransom needed  to deliver him  from any sort  of condemnation.

His  “tongue”  was his instrument  of speech  and language.     He wasn’t about  to be quiet  in the presence  of those  who have no regard  for God’s redemption  through Christ Jesus.

This old psalmist  had experienced  many troubles  throughout his lifetime.     Because he trusted  in the LORD,  God delivered him  through them all.     Thinking  of God’s faithful love  over the years,  it was only natural  for him  to use his “lips”“tongue”,  and whole “soul”  to  “sing praises”.

As we  “sing praises”  where  “praises”  are due,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your righteousness redeems us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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