Every day I will bless You and l will praise your name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:2)
In our contemporary, over-booked, over-stressed culture, how often do you praise the Lord? Once a week? But then perhaps Sunday is more about the performance, or the preaching. So how much time do you really spend praising the Lord? David realized praising God once a week at tabernacle worship just wasn’t enough. It become a daily event. And as such, David became quite creative on how to praise the Lord.
The first thing He does is I will extol (rûm) …to raise up, to be high and lofty, to lift up
I will bless (barak)… to kneel, be blessed, be adored
I will praise (halal)… to boast, to glory, to shine, to flash
I will meditate (siyach)… to muse, study, ponder, to talk, sing, speak
I will tell (saphar)… to take account, to number, to declare, to reckon (verb); a scribe (noun)
My mouth will speak (dabar)… to promise, commune, command, declare
Of course praising God this much will probably get people’s attention. And you not only have their attention, you have their involvement in praise. It’s contagious.
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power; to make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
All flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.
So why should we praise Him every day?
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. (v. 15-19)
What do you think would happen if you praised Him every day?