Posted September 26, 2016 by Bob Bardeen
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For the week of September 26 – 30, let us consider the wisdom of Psalm 117 (NIV), one of the shortest Psalms.
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
We are called to praise the Lord twice. Check your translation of this passage and I think you’ll find a footnote about the Hebrew words for “Praise the Lord.” It should say: “Hallelu Yah.” “Hallelu” means praise and Yah is the shorten version of Yahweh which means Lord. So when we sing the little chorus, “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord,” we are saying, “Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord, Praise Ye the Lord.” And Handel’s great choral work, Hallelujah Chorus, means “Praise the Lord Chorus.”
It never hurts to be reminded to praise God. In fact, all people and all nations are called to praise God.
The author of Psalm 117 then provides two reasons for everyone to praise God: love and faithfulness. God’s love for us is great! God’s faithfulness never ends. It endures forever.
My dad was 30 years old when he had a terrible caustic soda accident on the top of an oil well tank in Venice, CA. During his time in the hospital, he experienced God for the first time in his life, and after recovery, we started to attend the closest church to our home, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Redondo Beach. Later, he told me that he wanted to discover the truth about God’s love for him.
Father in heaven: Grant us the ability to praise you. Guide us to know about your love and faithfulness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.