Psalm 89 Psalm 23, the Doxology and the Apostles creed were part of the liturgy in the churches not too long ago as a way of focusing the parishioners toward God.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Ethan the Ezrahite was focused. He said he would sing continually about the Lord’s faithful deeds, and he would share those thoughts with future generations. Think about that! Centuries ago, Ezra wrote, and today we read his words of exaltation to God in word and song. “The heavens also praise his amazing deeds as well your faithfulness in the angelic assembly.” [Ps 89:5] At the birth of our Savior, the vast, heavenly army appeared with the angels, praising God. We don’t need to be an angel to glorify God. Enjoy Ezra’s thoughts and claim them as your own, for his words of praise can be yours as well. Ezra reminds us that if the angelic assembly takes time to praise God, we should do that as well. Job referenced this same thought: When the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy. [Job 38:7]
Habakkuk reminded himself that “though the fig tree does not bud…and the fields produce no food…yet I will rejoice in the Lord.” [Hab 3:17-18] In Paul’s day he reminded the Colossians, “exhort one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.” [Col 3:16]
Today spend time praising God for who He is and for what He has done! What is your favorite hymn or praise song that you sing to give God praise?