As we continue with this Psalm written by David with the express purpose of bringing glory to the Lord, as I reflect on this attitude I realise how the god of this world (Satan) tries to distract us by many things that seem important at the time but only take us away from God. This is where there is no substitute for a close relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Verse 3 says: “Let the people praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You”. The verse commences with the word ‘Let’, this is saying that praise is a choice that we make, we have to allow our spirit to rise within us and declare the greatness of our God. We must never forget that we are born again and are a new creation in Christ. Our old ways of living have no hold on us, it only surfaces when we allow the business of life to overwhelm us and we stop living close to our Saviour. This is why it is important to set a time daily to maintain our relationship with our Saviour. As I look back over my lifetime I am so glad that I have tried to be close to my Lord. The pleasure I experience every day is a great reward for the right choices I have made over my lifetime. In this verse, David repeats the importance of praising the Lord, we can never be reminded too often to do this, it must be what comes out of our mouths. When we are praising the Lord and is part of how we live, we find that people around us are also encouraged. It is so nice to be around people who continually praise. Verse 4 says: “Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth “. This is a good reminder to learn to praise the Lord because there is a time coming when the Lord will come and govern the earth. Now is the time to start praising the Lord because when He comes it will be too late to change and we will not take part in the greatness of God. The way that the world is now living is a sure indication that the time of Christ’s return is getting closer, with that in mind let us choose to be close to our Lord and continually praise Him. In anticipation of what it will look like when the Lord governs the earth, now is a good time to be a person who worships and praises our God. The Psalmist reminds us to pause and reflect on the goodness of God, we have so much to praise our Lord and may we be known as a person who is always praising the Lord. This is a good daily decision to make, may our praising the Lord impact many people for the Lord.


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