Praise the Lord!
By Apostle Aje Pelser
Preached at Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Psa 111:1 Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
Psa 111:2 The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
Psa 111:3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever.
Psa 111:4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Psa 111:5 He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
Psa 111:6 He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.
Psa 111:7 The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure.
Psa 111:8 They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness.
Psa 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.
Psa 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Reasons to Praise the Lord that will sustain you forever.
1. God’s Works.
God’s works are great and honourable. His works are memorable and you’ll never forget it! His handiwork is full of truth and justice. When God does something, you can trust He will do it well. “You do all things well!” Mark 7:37 when Jesus healed a deaf mute.
2. God’s Righteousness.
God’s righteousness endures forever because it is sustained by the force of faith. We access his right standing by grace through faith. If you believe Jesus died and rose for you and you confess Him as your lord, you will be saved. Romans 10:9-13.
3. God’s Grace.
When Jesus arrived on this planet – we beheld His glory: “Full of grace and truth.” Johan 1:14
4. God’s Compassion.
When Jesus was moved with compassion, he healed multitudes of all their diseases. Compassion is pity that has gone into action.
5. God’s Covenant.
God thinks about His covenant. He thought about it before the Old Testament. Jesus was always the plan. The Lamb would always be cut for us, so that remission of sins would come from the shedding of His blood. He confirms His covenant to us as a church, by giving us the heritage of the nations!
6. God’s Precepts.
God’s precepts, or principles for living, stand the test of time. We prefer God’s wise life disciplines over chasing after money. Solomon understand the value of wisdom over wealth. God honoured King Solomon because he asked for wisdom. Because His precepts last forever, He is also worthy to be praised forever. His precept of sowing and reaping works forever, His peace lasts forever, His Joy is everlasting, His righteousness can’t be taken from you. Praise Him again!
7. God’s redemption
The Father loves it when a plan comes together! His A-Team is the fivefold ministry and when they work together they pack a punch the enemy never forgets! His redemption plan for each person, family, community, nation – the world – is perfect and will not fail! Why? Because God personifies love and love never fails.
I have seen how you can out wait someone – love is patient.
I have seen you can be kind in the face of slander and the people eventually change – love is kind.
I have seen people rejoicing when others are promoted and later they get honoured. Love does not envy.
I have seen God honour people and use them mightily in power, but they take no credit for themselves, rather giving God the glory and thanking their support structures and teams. Love does not parade itself.
I have seen God give people tremendous wisdom to solve impossible crises, but they realise it is not in them to do so and give God the glory. Love is not puffed up.
I have seen people with tremendous wealth, stoop and humble themselves to help others and make nothing of it, love does not behave rudely.
I have seen people sacrifice things dear to them and even their own dreams to establish God’s kingdom and serve others. Love does not seek its own.
I have seen people suffer persecution and slander o a global level and yet not retaliate in anger, forgiving them like Jesus. Love is not provoked.
I have seen people with power to destroy others with one stroke, practise meekness and rather give them another chance to change. Love thinks no evil.
I have seen people not cheer when others break the law and rather take the difficult road that is right. Love does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth.
I have seen people bear tremendous burdens for the sake of others and the church.
I have seen people keep the faith in the face of seemingly unsurmountable odds.
I have seen people anchor their hope in Christ Jesus when they are facing the biggest storms.
I have seen people endure unspeakable suffering and still smile.
Love bears, believes, hopes and endures al things.
Love never fails!
‘Out-love’ your natural enemies!
See what’s behind the attack versus reacting in the natural.
Love! God is the one who started the everlasting cycle of love and therefore we can access that everlasting cycle and praise His ability to love forever!
Our responses to His Works:
1. Praise the Lord with our whole heart. Don’t do things half-heartedly!
2. Praise the Lord in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation – at church! Get to a church so you can praise the Lord with a holy congregation of saints! It works! It sustains you through the highs and lows of life.
3. Fear the Lord – it is the beginning of wisdom. Respect what God respects. Change your worldly values and adjust them with the Word of God. Study to find out how God thinks about things.
4. Do His commands – it shows good understanding. It takes understanding to implement God’s precepts and commands. That’s why we encourage our leaders to lead meditation sessions about what we preach on Wednesday nights in house groups.
5. Praise Him forever because then He will also sustain you forever. “All of His praises are sure, They go on and on, and on and on, and on and on and on…” from a song by Lennard Jones, Praise and Worship leader.