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Sing to Yahweh、 all the earth, Tell the tidings、 from day to day、 of his salvation: Recount、 Among the nations, his glory, Among all the peoples、 his wonders. For great is Yahweh、 and worthy to be mightily praised, And to be revered is he above all gods;” (1 Chronicles 16:23–25, EMPH)

Sing, tell, and recount are verbs of speaking and verbs of action.  When we sing something, or tell something, or recount something, we are doing something with our mouths.  Language is one of the things that separates us from the animal kingdom, we can speak, we can tell, we can praise with our language, and this glorifies God.  The stars and the planets, and mammals, birds, fish, and insects, all praise the Lord, but they cannot do it with words.  We can praise the Lord with words. This is unique to humans; this is our privilege.

David encourages Israel here (and us) to use the unique ability that God has given us as humans to mightily praise Our Lord.  We will do this in heaven, we can do it now.

Oh…and lest you think that David implies that there are other gods beside our God, the very next thing he says is this:

For all the gods of the peoples are things of nought, But Yahweh made the heavens.” (1 Chronicles 16:26, EMPH)

Yes. Yes, He did.

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Let the entire universe erupt with praise to God.
From nothing to something he spoke, and created it all. (Psalms 148:5, Passion Translation)

Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every year, the universe does what the psalmist calls it to do: Let the entire universe erupt with praise to God. We hear it in the rising of the sun each day (even in cloudy Michigan); we hear it each evening as the sunset paints the sky with purples, oranges, greys, and blacks; we hear it as we pass by the ungainly Sandhill Cranes that spend 9 months of every year foraging in and around our farm fields; we can’t help but catch our breath in wonder when we hear it in the whites and greens and reds of the aurora borealis, in the matchless wonder of the southern cross constellation, in the return of spring, in the rain that falls, and in the sum total of all creation everywhere.  They have one duty and they do it oh-so-well; they praise their creator in an eruption of praise that cannot be missed except by willful choice.  From nothing to something he spoke, and created it all!

Spurgeon writes here: “Those who were created by command are under command to adore their Creator. The voice which said “Let them be”, now saith “Let them praise.”

Amen and Amen.

Dead people cannot praise the Lord, but we can!
Those who sink to the silence of the grave
Can no longer give glory to God, but we can!
So let’s praise the Lord!
Let’s begin now and let it go on until eternity is done.
Hallelujah, and praise the Lord! (Psalms 115:17, Passion Translation)

The psalmist writes here with all of the revelation he had at the time.  He did not know anything about life beyond the grave other than that when people died, they entered the grave and were silent.  So in his knowledge dead people could not praise the Lord, but of course with greater revelation today we understand that those who follow Christ are more alive after they die than they were in life.

For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Corinthians 5:4, ESV)

Yet all that is not what struck me about these verses.  I love the call to praise the Lord now.  We who love the Lord can praise him now and we should praise him now because he is worthy of our praise.  Then this: Let’s begin now and let it go on until eternity is done.

Yes!  Amen!  If we are to praise the Lord–and we are; and we should–then let’s begin now in this life and let’s praise him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and let’s continue praising him until eternity is done

Charles Spurgeon writes here:

Once begin praising God and we have entered upon an endless service. Even eternity cannot exhaust the reasons why God should be glorified. Praise the Lord, or Hallelujah. Though the dead cannot, and the wicked will not, and the careless do not praise God, yet we will shout “Hallelujah” for ever and ever. Amen.

It’s so enjoyable to come before you,
With uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts!
How we love to sing our praises over and over to you,
To the matchless God, high and exalted over all! (Psalms 92:1, Passion Translation)

The Passion Translation takes some liberties with the text here, but I suspect the translator would argue that he captures the meaning of the author’s original words better than most translations.  The ESV translates this verse: “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.” This is an okay translation, but it hardly makes one’s heart sing.  I’ve a feeling that if the original author could understand these words in English he would say, “No, no!  You’re not capturing the heart of what I am saying there!”  I suspect he would be much happier with the way The Passion Translation captures this verse.

If we are to praise Our Great God, should it not be with praises that are uncontainable, that come spilling out of us as if they were a bubbling spring that gushes forth and simply cannot be contained?  If we do not praise him this way, then there is something wrong with us, because when we understand the majesty of his nature and the goodness of his character and the wideness of his hesed (his faithful love), how can this knowledge not end up in praise that keeps coming out and coming out like a little child who is so excited he simply cannot keep his mouth closed.  We ought to love to sing God’s praises over and over to God.  God made us to do exactly that. C. S. Lewis explains this truth about us in this manner: “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”

Our praise isn’t complete until we can express it, you know, like when uncontainable praises to Our Great God coming spilling from our hearts.

Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment!
Tell him all your troubles and
Pour out your heart-longings to him.
Believe me when I tell you–he will help you! (Psalms 62:8, Passion Translation)

Here David’s praise of God bursts forth to such a degree that he calls everyone to join with him in praise.  C. S. Lewis has an interesting insight into praise, he writes:

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.

God has created us in such a way that we must praise, that our joy in something isn’t complete until we do praise, and of course we praise God over and above everything because he is greater than and created all that exists.

It is this God of which David pens the words: Believe me when I tell you-he will help you!  The God of our praise is the God of our help.

 

Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song!
Arise my soul and sing his praises!
My worship will awaken the dawn,
Greeting the daybreak with my songs of light! Psalms 57:8

It is good and right and acceptable that our worship awaken the dawn.  God is worthy of our praise and worthy to be praised and never more so than as a new day approaches. As the new day is a promise of new things, so each morning is a chance to praise God afresh with praises worthy of his name.  Can we ever reach an end of praises to our God, as if we have exhausted the majesty of his great name?

Spurgeon writes here: “Let the noblest powers of my nature bestir themselves: the intellect which conceives thought, the tongue which expresses it, and the inspired imagination which beautifies it—let all be on the alert now that the hour for praise has come.”

Amen and amen.

You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up
With the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise
Has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
The madness of those who oppose you. Psalms 8:2 [Passion Translation]

The Passion Translation has an insightful comment at this verse:

There may be a vast difference between the glory of the heavens and the little mouths of children and babies, yet by both the majestic name of the Lord is revealed. It is amazing that perfected praises do not rise to God from the cherubim or seraphim, but from the children and babies, the weakest of humanity.

I don’t know that I can add anything else to that, it’s a magnificent truth that they’ve highlighted.