Praise the LORD!
Verse 1 Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in His commands.
This psalm is one of a few done as an acrostic poem, meaning each of the lines start with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This song of praise is a reminder to us about the various things we have to give God glory for.
The psalmist begins where every good worship song should, looking to the object of the praise. This phrase of, “Praise the LORD” isn’t a flippant word of praise. Notice that the word “LORD” is all in upper case lettering. This means that it isn’t just some supreme being that is being praised. The original word in Hebrew is YAH, which is the name of God. There was no doubt about who this song was written about.
As we study this psalm one of the important things to pay attention to is its focus. So often we sing along with songs in church or on the radio, singing them with little to no attention given to the words or who we are singing to. The psalmist starts out his poem by calling attention to God because He alone is worthy of our praise.
“Blessed are those who fear the LORD…” Living a life that is based on the fear of God Almighty is a special life. A reverent fear of God is based on a knowledge of who He is. He is the Creator of the universe, the all-knowing God, and King of all kings. These reasons alone should cause us to look to Him with awe and reverence and yet we have not even scratched the surface of all that describes the Almighty God. The very knowledge of Him should have us feeling blessed, but fearing Him takes it beyond mere knowledge and leads to submitted relationship.
“…who find great delight in His commands.” Part of praising God is moving beyond having reverent fear and stepping into a relationship of obedience. And while obeying is good, the psalmist reminds us that we should be delighting in what He requires from us. Joyful obedience is a way of praising God that a lot of us miss. Obeying isn’t always fun and therefore we allow ourselves to miss one of the greatest joys of being in relationship with Him and in doing so we miss the mark of pure praise.
Making It Personal
What does it mean to you to praise God? What about God’s character gives you reverence for Him? Do you praise Him through obedience?
Making It Personal Kids
What does the name LORD say about Jesus? What does it mean to revere Jesus? Why does Jesus know you love Him when you obey Him?
Father, we praise You! During this study, help us to seek to praise You better and more intentionally. In Jesus’ name, amen.