Sing Praise to the Lord

Mike Vaal

READ : Psalm 104:31-35

I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (Psalm 104:33, NIV)

Psalm 104 concludes with the words, “Praise the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord.” Those who know and love God are often moved to praise God when they stand in some especially beautiful spot. The psalmist’s meditation on the Lord’s creative and sustaining work leads him to do the same. But along with his praise, he expresses a desire that the glory of the Lord will endure forever. Once again we are reminded that it isn’t creation we worship and praise, but the creator God. The psalmist also desires that his meditation will be pleasing to God. In other words, he wants God to be glorified in his life as well as his words.

The last verse of God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory also expresses this desire to praise God and glorify him in our lives:

God of glory, power, mercy, all creation praises Thee;

We, thy creatures, would adore Thee, now and through eternity.

Saved to magnify Thy goodness, grant us strength to do Thy will;

With our acts as with our voices Thy commandments to fulfill.

PRAYER

Lord, I praise you for your creative work in the world and in us. May my thoughts, words, and actions be pleasing to you as I rejoice in your work.