1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord, When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Praise and worship of God are to be the key actions of our lives. We worship something every day for every day we give something our full attention and devotion. Something is so important to us that it gains our money, our time, and our energy. We look up to people for all kinds of accomplishments. We look to things made by man and give those things value and importance. Then we go to church and give praise to God and worship Him. Let us make sure that all of those other people and things are just things we enjoy while reserving our worship for God and for Him alone.
God’s word is and always has been of great value. Here we read that God magnifies His word above His name. Yes, we love the name of God and at the name of Jesus many things have and will take place. But God magnifies His word above His name. If we are going to know God we need to know more than His name and His word teaches us of the person behind the name. Do not fall into the cultic practice of repeating the name of Jesus but learn of the Christ behind the name and worship Him.
The Lord gives us strength when we cry out to Him and then He gives us boldness and strength of soul. Your soul is behind all that you do so strength and boldness of soul is what we need at all times. Seek the Lord for strength and boldness of your soul.
God revives us, perfects His work in us and will not forsake us. I find great encouragement in these thoughts. Spend some time in Psalm 138 and you too will be strengthened in your soul.
Last night was a wonderful time of fun, food and fellowship around God’s word. What a great place to be and what great people to be with. What does God have for us in 2016? He wants us to finish the work that He has laid out for us. His work has to do with praying for people, caring for people, sharing the gospel with people, giving our ourselves to disciple others, and committing to His word and His Spirit in our lives. I am ready to do the work of the Lord one more year. Come with me.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30 any men who want to join us for breakfast and prayer meet us at Denny’s.
Sunday morning our teens and adults will be meeting together for Sunday school in the auditorium as there is only one room downstairs for kids Sunday school.
There is no dinner after church this Sunday so do not bring food for it.
Have a great day in the Lord, and Happy New Year,