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June 22, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 46-50

 

Psalm 47:6

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

 

Since repetition is the key to learning, the lesson in this verse is to sing praises to God.  Four times the phrase is repeated; sing praises.  The first mention of the word “sing” in the Bible is found in Exodus 15:1. Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.  They sang praises unto God for His great deliverance from Egypt. 

 

Throughout the Bible God’s people are found singing praises unto Him.  The entire book of Psalms is a collection of songs of praise. There seems to be something about singing praises that encourages the soul, instructs the mind, soothes the spirit, and emboldens the flesh.  Singing praises unto God is good for the whole person: body, soul, spirit, and mind. 

 

It is interesting that this event of deliverance that Israel sang about in Exodus 15 is mentioned again in Psalm 106:12. There it states: Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.  Believing the word of God leads to singing praise unto Him.  Those who believe God’s Word today are those who most ardently sing His praises.  Frankly, the spiritual condition of a soul, a church, or a home can be evaluated in part by the fervency of their singing of praise unto the Lord God.

 

Someone may say, “I have not seen God’s wonderful works of deliverance like Israel did, what do I have to sing praises about?” How about the reason listed in Psalm 89:1? I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. In this verse there are two reasons to praise Him: His mercy and His faithfulness. Where would we be without His mercies? How could His mercies be a real and enduring benefit without His faithfulness? By living in this world, enjoying the sunshine He provides, breathing the oxygen He manufactures, drinking of the cool waters of His creation, and knowing that we have (or can) be delivered from the fear of death through His Gospel, we experience His mercy and faithfulness all the day long. For this, praise Him!

 

To think that there is nothing to praise Him about is folly. Consider Psalm 68:19. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Or Psalm 103:2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Or even the question in Psalm 116:12, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?  The answer is… Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. Just simply sing praises unto God for all His wonderful benefits.

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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