Well, my friends. We’ve made it to the SIXTH and final week of Six Weeks in Psalms. Even though it took a couple more than six weeks to get here (life happens), I am so, so excited to share with you this final segment! It is a short and sweet ending to our amazing journey through Psalm 103.
Praise, Praise, Praise
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Psalm 103:20-22, NIV
After responding in my journal to verses 17-18 that I shared with you last time we met to discuss Psalm 103, I just read the verse above out loud to myself before closing my Bible that day. I love how they sound. I love how it feels to say them. I repeated them three times over before ending my devotional time. When I next sat down to respond to these verses, I was struggling with my reaction to a time when I was called to love self-sacrificially, which you can read more about here. (Spoiler alert: I did not react as kindly as I should have to this opportunity for growth 😌).
This week, however, days after that growth opportunity, I am quite content to spend more time consciously reflecting on David’s call to praise. I would encourage you to find a space where you can read those verses aloud to yourself too. There is something so refreshing about responding to scripture in this way. Read them three times if you wish, or just once or twice. It might feel silly at first, but I dare you to try. Do it right now. Go ahead! I’ll wait.
What I want us to notice about these verses is that no one is left out of the category of who (or what as the case may be) should be praising God right now. His angels, His hosts, His works, His followers. You. Me. And David recognizes that He isn’t left out of this category either, which is why at the end of the chapter he turns his perspective toward himself.
Calling Our Souls to Praise: Walking God’s Way
If we are walking with Christ, we need to turn our feet, our souls, our hearts, to a perspective of praise.
Everything in creation is praising God all the time. The flowers, the snow, the trees, the rocks. They all grow, fall, stand, and rest in reflection of His perfect design. If they can praise without lips or eyes or hands or feet, we should be able to do the same.
“Praise the Lord, my soul.”
It’s almost a command. Like David knows he (and we) struggle to turn ourselves toward Jesus, but his spirit is willing and just needs that extra push. “Okay, soul. God is good. God is worthy to be praised. Praise Him.”
We know this too. We see it every day, even if we don’t realize it. God is so, so good. He put the sun in the sky so we could see His creation. He has given us working brains and bodies to help us function. He has given us love and relationships and grace and mercy. There is so much goodness going on all the time, but we don’t always notice. We let it slip by. We take it for granted. We walk away from the path Jesus laid out for us. We walk away from Him. But we can always come back.
Back to a Perspective of Praise
One way that I love to turn my heart back to a perspective of praise is very, very simple. A short, two sentence prayer.
“Lord, I praise you. Thank you for all You have done, all You are doing, and all You have yet to do.”
I like the model David gives us because it’s pretty similar to this prayer. God is worthy to be praised, so we need to be praising Him. Every. Single. Day.
In church this past Sunday I was reminded of our need to have a perspective of praise when we sang one of my favorite hymns, “Jesus Paid It All”. The message (and even the title!) give us enough reason to praise Jesus already. He saved us. He redeemed us. He forgave us. He washed our sin-stained lives until they were as white as snow. I love that imagery, but my favorite part of this hymn is the bridge.
What I love most about singing this hymn in church is when the worship leader repeats the bridge over and over again. It’s like I can almost feel the praise building up in my soul as I sing out those words: “Oh, praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead.”
“Praise the LORD, my soul.”
What a beautiful picture. My soul, my whole being praising God, just like it was created to do.
Let me end these thoughts with a prayer for all of us:
“God, we know you are so, so good. We know you are might and awesome and powerful. We praise You for the ways you are working, even when You’re working behind the scenes. Help us to turn our hearts toward a perspective of praise. Help us to call upon our souls, the whole of our beings, to praise you. You are good. You are worthy to be praised. We praise You, Lord, and we love you. Amen.”
Thanks for joining me this week, my lovelies. I hope you venture through this week with these words in mind. ❤
Author: Susannah Judd
One of my favorite things about being a believer is the call to share life together. I am so glad you made it to my site today and so grateful to have you join me as we journey through life and faith. I also love cookies of any kind, my darling husband Caleb, and of course, our Lord and Savior. Check out the “About Me” page for more!