Give Thanks to the Lord!

Psalm 96

 1 Sing to the LORD a new song;
       sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise His name;
       proclaim his salvation day after day.
 3 Declare His glory among the nations, 
       His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
 4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; 
       He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
       but the LORD made the heavens.

 6 Splendor and majesty are before Him;
       strength and glory are in his sanctuary
7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations,
       ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
       bring an offering and come into His courts.

 9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness;
       tremble before Him, all the earth.
 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”
       The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; 
       He will judge the peoples with equity.

 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
       let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
 12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
       Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
13 they will sing before the LORD, for He comes, 
       He comes to judge the earth.
       He will judge the world in righteousness
       and the peoples in His truth.

Our God is good! And worthy of all our thanksgiving and praise!

Let us sing praise to Him when we arise and sing praise to Him when we lie down. For our God alone is worthy of our praise.

Who else can place the stars in the heavens or hang the moon in the sky? Who else can create something out of nothing? Only our great God for He alone is God of all and He reigns forevermore.

Psalm 98

 1 Sing to the LORD a new song,
       for He has done marvelous things; 
       His right hand and His holy arm
       have worked salvation for Him.

 2 The LORD has made His salvation known
       and revealed His righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered His love
       and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
       all the ends of the earth have seen
       the salvation of our God.

 4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
       burst into jubilant song with music;
 5 make music to the LORD with the harp,
       with the harp and the sound of singing,
 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
       shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
       the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
      Let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the LORD,
       for He comes to judge the earth.
       He will judge the world in righteousness
       and the peoples with equity.

Our God alone is faithful. He remembers His covenant to us forever. He brings goodness and joy to us, His people and He blesses us and protects us with His mighty right hand. Give thanks to Him for He is good and His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 103

 1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
       all my inmost being, praise His holy name.

 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
       and forget not all His benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
       and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
       and crowns you with love and compassion,
 5 who satisfies your desires with good things
       so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

God inhabits the praise of His people. He renews us day by day with a youthfulness and a joy that keeps us strong and allows us to soar. Sing His praises out loud. Can you sense His presence all around you as you praise and give thanks to Him along with the psalmist and with me? There is power that wells up within us as we praise and give thanks to the One who loves us more than anybody or anything. His name is Jesus, the Great I AM, the Master of the Universe. Let’s praise Him.

Psalm 103:8-13 & 17

 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
       slow to anger, abounding in love.

 9 He will not always accuse,
       nor will he harbor His anger forever; 
 10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve
       or repay us according to our iniquities.

 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
       so great is His love for those who fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
       so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
       so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him;

17 But from everlasting to everlasting
       the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him,
       and His righteousness with their children’s children

God has forgiven us and keeps forgiving us as we repent before Him. His love for us never ceases. He lifts us up and establishes our feet, our footsteps, on solid ground. He keeps His promises to us always. He is a God who can be trusted. He blesses us with good things. He places His thoughts within us and then grants us the ability to carry them out. He grants us good success. This is our God.

He is compassionate and kind. And His love endures forever. Praise our God forever for He is Good!

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