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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.

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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.

 

Then King Hezekiah and the princes commanded the Levites to praise Yahweh with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they offered praise with joy, and they bowed down and worshiped. –  2 Chronicles 29.30, LEB

They offered praise with joy.  They bowed down.  They worshiped.  These are actions of dependence.  God’s temple had been neglected and the worship of the Lord had slowly declined,  until Hezekiah led the people back to faithfulness.  The result of that journey is listed here,  a renewed understanding of all that the Lord was for Israel,  and accompanying joy.  A renewed commitment to worship. A new zeal to demonstrate worship in posture.

We could learn a lot from this revival.  We are prone to wander away from the Lord being the pathetic humans that we are.  Let’s pray that God keeps drawing us back to a renewed understanding of Him and his character and care for his people.

Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.” (Psalm 107:22, NASB95)

The New English Translation notes says that the Hebrew for the second phrase is:  “and let them proclaim his works with a ringing cry.”  It is a nice translation of the Hebrew.  We are to be people of thanksgiving to our God, and we are to be people who praise the Lord by recounting to each other God’s works with a ringing cry, a cry that says, “God has done all that he promised, he is faithful to his word, he is faithful to his people, and here is how he has been faithful…”

One of the beautiful things about the Church Universal is the extreme variety and beauty of the praise and worship songs that have come out of her. From South America to Africa to China to the Middle East to Europe and across to North America have come praise and worship songs without number, all dedicated to proclaiming “his works with a ringing cry.”  May the Lord be glorified by this. May the voice of the Church rise in praise together until history is finished and God draws his people to himself, and may her praise continue into eternity without end. Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory.

 

As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.” (Psalm 48:10, NASB95)

The HCSB translation is a little more clear than the NASB:

Your name, God, like Your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with justice.” (Psalm 48:10, HCSB)

How does God’s name and praise [GNB: “fame”] reach to the end of the earth?  Paul helps us out in his letter to the Romans:

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, ESV)

What God has made has been witnessed by all people in all places of the earth ever since the beginning of creation so that no man has an excuse for not believing in the God of creation.  Since we live in the great age of missions Ps. 48.10 is now literally true as followers of Christ exist in every nation on earth and churches are rapidly being founded in every tongue and tribe as God’s name and praise and fame spread to the literal ends of the earth.

This is amazing and miraculous.

Spurgeon: “Great fame is due to his great name…What if men are silent, yet the woods, and seas, and mountains, with all their countless tribes, and all the unseen spirits that walk them, are full of the divine praise.”