Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 150:6
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” – Psalm 150:6
We serve an incredible God. He is all powerful, all loving and all caring. He watches over us, each one of us at all times, never taking His eyes off of us. He has promised to never leave or forsake us. There is nothing He does not know, there is no place where He is not, for He fills all there is. And He is all powerful, there is nothing He cannot do.
Now, everyone at some point in their lives have sinned against Him. Because of this, we were alienated from Him, and there was nothing we could do to make it right, and thereby restore the relationship we had with Him. However, He still loved us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16. And because of this love, He gave His Son to come down to live the life we could not and thereby pay for the sins we could not rectify. This provided for us the salvation we needed.
What is amazing is that God had this plan already laid out prior to the creation of the universe and everything in it. God loves us so much that, knowing we would sin and break our relationship with Him, He created us anyway. How many times has someone done us wrong and we hold a grudge? I wish I could say never, but that would be a lie. But think about this. If we knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a good friend would betray us in some way, would we still have the same affection for them? This is what God did. No matter what we did, He still pursued us. No matter how many times we disappoint Him, He never leaves us. He takes care of us, loves us and draws us to Himself. He desires to be with us, to fellowship with us.
When we think back on our lives and see all the good things, He has done for us, the many times He has protected us, bringing us through all the difficulties we have faced. I have placed myself, before accepting the justification given to us by Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, into situations I was not sure I would have been able to escape. But I am here, safe and sound, serving Him in any way He commands. My life could have been so much worse, but here I am, so very thankful for His goodness and grace. And this is the reason for the writing of Psalm 150. Its writer knew that it was only because of God’s mercy that He was able to get to that point in his life.
“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” Psalm 150:1-2. He calls for us to praise Him anywhere He is to be found. We are to praise Him with the greatness He showed us in His grace and mercy. We are to praise Him with everything we have. It can be a great spectacle, shouting out our love and thankfulness to Him. Or, and intimate time of quiet praise and worship. We should bare our whole heart to Him, not holding back our feelings. He is more than worthy of this. “O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You; I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1.
Let us always set aside time to show Him our love and thankfulness. As our focus verse says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! “ Psalm 15:6.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.