Reviving Praise (Psalm 138)

1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

The writer here discusses the power of praise.  He begins with reasons why He praises God: His lovingkindness and truth, His powerful word, and His faithfulness to deliver His people.  He then expands the discussion to include the fact that all the nations shall praise the Lord and give Him glory, because the Lord is compassionate on the lowly.  The writer then proceeds to tell how the praise of God brings revival in the midst of trouble.  God will save Him from His enemies.

As believers, we need to understand the power of praise.  When Christians face the worst of enemies, it is not time to fight them or to quit trying either one.  Instead, it is time to praise God in spite of the onslaught of enemies against you.  Lift up His name, and feel the reviving Spirit of God lift you above the pain and suffering.  Reviving praise will make a difference!

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