August 14- The Prepositions of Praise

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“God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation.” –Charles Spurgeon

It is often said that the book of Psalms is the Hebrew hymnbook.  Throughout its pages, we are instructed to praise the Lord in a variety of ways. We praise Him with our lips, our hands, our hearts, our resources…with our entire lives.  Perhaps no other psalm accentuates this truth more than Psalm 150:

     Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. 

If you go back through this psalm, you will discover the statement “praise ye the Lord” or its equivalent thirteen times. Praise is the central theme to all that is recorded in this passage.  Notice the various prepositions associated with praise.  We are to praise the Lord IN (v1), FOR (v2), WITH (v3-4), and UPON(v5) .

Within the framework of these prepositions we discover the glorious call to praise. We will examine each one in the days ahead.

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 1-3
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