A Great Vow

Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.  While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Psalm 146:1-2

The Psalms are all encouraging, but this one is a great one.  What a great vow: “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.”  The Psalmist tells us in the first verse that we are supposed to praise the Lord.  We all know that.  We all know that we should be praising Him for all that He has done for us.  We are told that over and over again in the Psalms.  But I love the forcefulness of these verses.

“Praise ye the LORD.”  “Praise the LORD, O my soul.”  We are to praise the Lord.  Period.  And that praise is supposed to come from our very soul.  It is supposed to be from the heart, not just a superficial and outward praise.

The next verse continues the thought.  The Psalmist is saying in this verse that, as long as he has life and breath, he will praise the Lord.  What a great vow to make: as long as I am still alive, I will praise the Lord.  No matter what happens around me or to me, I will praise the Lord.  No matter what our circumstances, I will praise the Lord.  That is just what I am going to do.

We need to echo the Psalmist here.  We need to make up our minds that, come what may, we will praise the Lord as long as we have life and breath.  What a great promise to make!

2 responses to this post.

  1. This is so good, Ben! Thank you! It reminds me of how I faced a tough day once and was led to praise Him and sing all the day through. What should have been painful and long, zoomed by and I felt lifted and blessed.
    God bless you as you praise Him today!

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