Let Us Praise the LORD - A Community of Praise
THE CHURCH’S ADVANTAGE
Q: What is normal behavior for the man or woman/boy or girl who loves the LORD with all his/her heart, mind, soul, and strength? Adrian Rogers is quoted as saying, “The thing that makes the church distinct…is that she’s different!”
It is a normal thing for someone who love the LORD and who has set their affection on Him to bless His name, sing His praises, meditate on His goodness, and speak often of Him.
APPROACHING THIS PSALM
I. Book 1 (Pss. 1–41)
Yahwistic psalms of David (3–41)
II. Book 2 (Pss. 42–72)
Psalms of the sons of Korah (42–49)
Elohistic psalms of David (51–72)
III. Book 3 (Pss. 73–89)
Psalms of Asaph (73–83)
Psalms of the sons of Korah (84–88)
IV. Book 4 (Pss. 90–106)
Psalms of God’s kingship (93–99)
V. Book 5 (Pss. 107–150)
Hallelujah thanksgiving psalms (111–118)
Songs of Ascent (120–134)
The strophical structure, like the progress of thought, is rather irregular. This is possibly due to the acrostic character of the poem, the first letters of the verses following the order of the Hebrew alphabet. Nun only is absent; for what reason does not appear.
1. REALITY: God’s People Praise the LORD
It is an act worthy of severe punishment for a man to limit God’s love and mercy, and wantonly to exclude himself from their influence.
2. RESPONSIBILITY: God’s People Talk to one another about HIS Greatness
QUESTION: What are the LORD’s people consumed with?
What dominates their interactions?
What/Who is the chief topic of conversations?
It is young and old and in between, crossing generational boundaries and declaring to one another
Notice the normal methods employed corporately here:
His saints bless Him, for they collect the rent and tribute of praise from the inferior creatures, and pay it into the treasury above. All God’s works praise Him, as the beautiful building praises the builder, or the well-drawn picture praises the painter. But His saints bless Him as the children of prudent, tender parents rise up and call them blessed. Of all God’s works, His saints, the workmanship of His grace, the first-fruits of His creatures have most reason to bless Him.
JUST IMAGINE THE REACTION TO THIS TYPE OF COMMUNITY, FROM SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW THE LORD PERSONALLY.
3. REASON: Who is the LORD…that He should be praised?
Not much exposition needed here…this is not an exhaustive list…but enough to demonstrate HIS WORTHINESS. In fact, if this were all that he was and and done…it’s enough!
There is more happiness in the world than we are disposed to think. God’s works give praise to him. Take, for instance, the gladness of one summer day, when from the little green lizards upward there is a perfect murmur of enjoyment in the stilly heat. Shall we not trust God, to whom the care of all things is as easy as the opening of the hand is to us?