Verse of the Day: Psalm 113:2-3
“Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting. The name of the LORD is to be praised.” – Psalm 113:2-3
I absolutely love these verses. They cover times and places regarding the praises of God. We are to praise Him without ceasing. Verse two says we are to praise God starting now and continue forever. Note the wording ‘from this time forth and forever.’ We are always to praise God. We can praise Him with our voice, we can praise Him by our deeds. We can praise Him in our sharing of Him to the lost, we can praise Him in our encouraging of the brethren. We praise Him when we trust in Him completely. Living our lives in complete and total submission to God is an act of praise and worship.
Verse three addresses where we are to praise Him. In the Hebrew, the intent of the phrase ‘from the rising of the sun’ denotes anything to the east of our position, for the sun rises in the east. In the same way, the intent of the phrase ‘to its setting’ denotes anything to the west of our position, for the sun sets in the west. And because the earth is round and if you continue to travel to the east, you will arrive at the same place from the west, and vice-versa, it covers our current position as well.
The main idea of these two verses is clear. God is to be praised always and in all places. The apostle Paul said it as clearly as it can be. “Whether then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. By giving God the glory, we are giving Him our praise as well.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.