The Psalms give us the full breadth of human emotion. The poetic words range from despair and fear to ecstatic joy. It is not surprising therefore that they provide us with some of the most fervent calls to and examples of praise found in the scriptures.
- “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100: 1-2
These calls to praise are a reminder to us that we should show excitement and appreciation about those things which we value. C. S. Lewis reflected that,
2. “The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.”
In fact, these expressions shouldn’t be mumbled or reserved,
3. “I like to hear ‘amens’ out there from the audience. If you go to a football game and don’t yell, then the man next to you asks, ‘Don’t you like football?’ We need to let all of our neighbors know we like God and His Gospel.” Marshall Keeble
These outpourings of our love and appreciation, are reflections of the joy and happiness we experience in our relationship with God.
4. “The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.” Jonathan Edwards
Jesus made it clear that these expressions are proper and natural.
5. ” . . .the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’” Luke 19: 37b-40
All nature, Jesus implied, calls out to God in joy, and Calvin expanded on this by noting that all nature is also a spark and stimulus to our praises.
6. “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” John Calvin
As we regard the works of our Lord today, let us not refrain from praising Him. Let your heart and spirit soar and your vary being exalt Him.