Remembering God’s Glory and Power

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
‭‭Psalm 68:19-20 (NIV)

Read: Psalm 68:1-34

Consider:  What do you do when you don’t feel like praising God?  Do you just give up and wait until you do feel like it?

There are many examples in the Bible of focussing on who God is and what he has done, and this leading to praise.  Psalm 68 is a psalm that starts with God – May God arise (v1) and ends with praise – Praise be to God! (v34).

There are many parallels between this psalm and the incident recorded in 2 Samuel 6:11-15, where the ark of the Lord is brought into Jerusalem from the house of Obed-Edom.  Read the passage from 2 Samuel and you’ll see this for yourself.

If you read the psalm carefully you will notice that the first eighteen verses are about God and what he has done, with verse 19 introducing praise – Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (v19).

Is the psalmist merely recounting the joy and rejoicing felt when the ark was returned to Jerusalem?  Or is he using that incident to remind himself of who God is and what he has done, and this resulting in praise?

Next time you don’t feel like praising God, instead of focussing on your feelings, concentrate upon God.  Take time to remind yourself of God’s glory and power, as well as what he has done in your life.

Praise be to God! (Psalm 68:34)

Pray: Father, forgive us for sometimes failing to praise you because we don’t feel like it.  Focus our minds on you and lead us into praise.  Amen

Every blessing

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