Praise God; Fear God

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Psalms

Psalms 111-114, “Praise God; Fear God”

When is fear a good thing?  Typically, we shy away from fear, rightly proclaiming that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)  The Bible repeatedly quotes God as telling His people to “fear not” & to “be strong and courageous.”  When it comes to fear, we know that this is something which faith casts out.  Certainly that’s true of one type of “fear” – the kind in which we are scared and uncertain of circumstances around us, fretting our own lack of ability rather than trusting in the Almighty ability of God.  Yet there’s another type of fear which is good: the fear of the Lord.  This isn’t “fear” as in “being afraid,” but rather this is “fear” as in utmost respect and reverence.  This is a healthy fear, because it helps us keep things in the right perspective regarding God and His omnipotence and right to rule the universe.  In this case, fear can be good…very good!  And that’s what we find in the four songs we’re looking at tonight: Psalms 111-114.

What we find is a trio of psalms declaring “Hallelujah,” the praise of the Lord Yahweh, almost seamlessly running together showing the individual praise of God, the blessings God bestows, and the corporate praise of God.  They are followed by Psalm 114 which seems to stick out of nowhere a bit, just as a hymn of God’s faithfulness during the Exodus.  Yet even here we are called upon the fear the Lord, who showcases His magnificent power.  God is worthy to be praised, and God is worthy of our fear.  When we fear God rightly, we won’t be able to refrain from praising Him.

Psalm 111 (NKJV) – The Reason We Worship, part 1

  • Opening praise (vs. 1)

1 Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

  • Remember, “Praise the LORD!” is simply the translation of “Hallelujah.”  Combination of two Hebrew words: halal + Yah.  (“Yah” being the shortened form of “Yahweh/Jehovah” – the One True ever-existent covenant-keeping God.)  By definition, to say “hallelujah” is to give praise to the One True God, because it is His name which is included in the word. (“Alleluia” is simply the Greek transliteration of the same word.)  It is a common word within the psalms, but it’s never used commonly – it’s never used flippantly.  It’s never used off-the-cuff without thought, but rather used purposefully to proclaim honor and glory to our God and King.
    • Do you know Whom it is you praise?  Many people are content to pray to a generic idea of God, but don’t truly recognize God as being Yahweh/Jehovah – fully revealed to us in Jesus Christ.  One of the blessings of the incarnation is that we have been given the gift of looking at God & knowing Whom it is that we worship and praise.  This isn’t done anonymously…our God has a name!
  • How will the psalmist praise God?  (1) Personally – “I will praise…”  There are other places in the Bible when the whole congregation is called to praise (we’ll see some tonight in Ps 113), but here it’s specific to the psalmist.  Praise wasn’t something to be pushed off for someone else to do; he was going to do it himself.  (2) Totally – with his “whole heart.”  Speaking of his whole person, holding nothing back.  This is the essence of the Great Commandment: Matthew 22:37–38, "(37) Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and great commandment." []
    • Personal, passionate praise is a MUST for a believer!  Not from a legalistic point of view, but simply from an existence point of view.  This is who we are & who we’ve been made to be.  God has called us out of the darkness into the light so that we might proclaim His praises.  Beware of the idea of letting someone else do your praise for you, or showing up in worship as a spectator.  YOU worship God & do it with your whole heart because of what Jesus has done for you.
  • Where will the psalmist praise God?  Publicly – “in the assembly…in the congregation.”  To be sure, the psalmist would praise God around people who didn’t know Him, but the psalmist also purposefully made an effort to get around other people of the congregation and praise the Lord.  He needed to be around other believers, so that they could join together in marvelous corporate praise.
    • This is what happens every time the church gathers together: we enter into corporate praise.  We don’t sing to pass the time or to simply “warm-up” until the sermon starts; we sing because we’re the people of God & that’s what we do in our praise!
  • The great works of God (vss. 2-6)

2 The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. 3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever.

  • Why does the psalmist praise God?  Because of all of His wonderful works.  There’s much to be said about the works of God – the psalmist first writes of their magnitude.  There are many mighty works of the Lord, which are “studied by all who have pleasure in them.”  Interesting thought…it could easily describe what the church does every time we come together to study the Bible!  We take pleasure in the works of God as we remember His love, compassion, power, and miracles – we take joy in the work of Jesus at the cross and in the resurrection, so we spend time “studying” the things God has done.  We pour over His acts, and carefully look at them in order that we can better give God praise.
    • Do you study the works of God?  Or do you casually read of them (or hear of them), and never give them a second thought?  God’s works are worthy of our intense study!  That’s not to say that every Christian ought to be an academic locked away in an ivory tower on a seminary somewhere – but every born-again Christian IS a theologian.  Theos + logos = God + the word = the study of God.  Any Christian can do this – every Christian does this at some level.  Be challenged to spend time truly pondering the work of God…He’s worth your studious attention!
  • What do we find as we study the works of God?
    • His works are honorable & glorious.  The words seem to be synonyms for one another in Hebrew.  The idea is that the works of God are excellent & majestic & beautiful in every regard.  God is good, all the time (and all the time, God is good!), so we would naturally expect His works to reflect His goodness.
    • His works are righteous.  Righteousness is certainly part of who God is, but is also wonderfully describes what God does.  When God moves, His works are fully righteous and holy in totality.  He acts in justice and purity, and is incapable of performing evil.
    • His works endure.  What we do eventually fails.  Even the best creations of men will rot and fade – yet what God does in righteousness will endure forever.  There is no end to His goodness.  His works are infinite, just as He is infinite.

4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;

  • God WANTS us to remember His works!  This is part of the way we give God praise.  As we think upon His works, we give Him thanks.  The things He has done is a testimony to His greatness throughout all eternity.

…The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. 5 He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. 6 He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.

  • Vs. 4 ends with a statement of God’s character; vs. 5-6 demonstrates the evidence of it.  The demonstration is through God’s works.  What is God’s character?
    • His character is gracious.  He bestows favor to those in need.
    • His character is compassionate.  He extends kindness where none is deserved.
    • His character is faithful (He’s “mindful of His covenant.”).  His promises never slip His mind – He will always be true to His word.
  • How does God demonstrate these things?
    • God provides for His people.  He gives “food to those who fear Him.”  The provision of our God is extremely practical!  George Mueller learned this lesson in marvelous & abundant ways with his orphanage in Bristol, England.
    • God keeps His promise for His people.  He gave them “the heritage of the nations.”  For Israel, there is a promise here of the land…yet there’s a greater promise of the Millennial kingdom to which this looks forward.
  • The just works of God (vss. 7-9)

7 The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. 8 They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness.

  • Not only are the works of God honorable; they are just.  God’s works are based in His truth.  God’s works are demonstrated by His sure precepts/word/commandment.
  • Again, it’s emphasized that His works endure.  Why?  Because infinite justice never expires.  When actions are done in truth, those actions endure.

9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.

  • One of His truthful just works: redemption.  Question: how can redemption demonstrate the justice of God?  After all, “redemption” is by definition an act of grace – given to someone who cannot redeem him/herself.  One would think that go around the idea of justice.  Not at all!  If God could not act in His justice and redeem His people at the same time, we could be sure that redemption would never exist!  God can never work against His own character & nature.  Redemption is just because redemption illustrates the justice of God.  God’s justice is most definitely satisfied in redemption, because God Himself exacts the price.  When God brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, He redeemed them from the death of the firstborn through the Passover lamb.  Better yet for us, when we were redeemed from the wages of our sin, God bought us with the blood of His only begotten Son.  God’s justice was most certainly satisfied because God Himself paid the price!  Our salvation is truly an act of grace, but it shows the infinite extent of God’s justice as well.
  • Notice here how redemption is linked with covenant.  God had promised Abraham that the people to come from his seed would be eternally blessed, and would come into the land of promise.  In order for that to happen, they HAD to be redeemed from Egypt.  The redemption of the Hebrews was directly tied to the covenant promises of God.
    • Likewise for us in Christ.  Our redemption is directly tied to God’s covenant promises.  Why did Jesus come at all?  Because God promised He would.  Why did Jesus die upon the cross for sin?  According to God’s word.  How is it that we know that our sins have been completely paid for in Christ?  Because of the covenant promises we have in Jesus!  We have been granted a new covenant through His blood (celebrated in communion), and it is directly tied to our redemption.
    • This is great news in regards to the assurance of our salvation.  Your salvation & redemption is not based upon your ability to keep covenant with God (because you can’t do it).  Your salvation and redemption IS based upon Jesus’ covenant made with God on your behalf.  How long will God keep His covenant?  Forever!
  • No wonder God’s name is awesome!
  • Conclusion (vs. 10)

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

  • All of the above leads to this one thought: fear God.  If God’s ways are glorious – if God’s works are just – if God offers redemption through His covenant promises and God is truly worthy to be praised, then it only follows that we ought to praise God.  And that begins with the proper fear of God.  Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." []
  • Notice the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.  To be sure, there’s more to life with God than fearing/respecting Him.  That’s only the beginning, but it’s a necessary beginning.  Too many people misunderstand how salvation works.  They think that if they say a certain prayer in a certain way, using just the right words, then THAT’s what guarantees them their salvation.  That’s not it at all!  It begins by understanding who God is, and only then do we even understand our need to be saved.  If we don’t first understand the might, power, glory, and awesomeness of the Almighty God – if we don’t see Him in the light to which we understand His massive holiness…how do we know to cry out to Him for forgiveness in the first place?  Without the fear of the Lord, salvation just becomes a “get out of Hell free” card, and we have no knowledge of what it means to be saved.
  • When we do have this understanding of God, then it leads us to obey God (by doing “His commandments”).  When we obey God, we’ll naturally join in His praise.  It all marvelously works together!


Psalm 112 (NKJV) – The Righteous Man

  • Defining the righteous (vs. 1)

1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.

  • Virtually sounds like a post-script to Ps 111!  We’re called upon to praise the One True God, and the person who fears God obeys God.  To claim to fear God, but disregard His commandments is a contradiction.  That’s not to say anyone can ever perfectly obey – in fact, we likely all perfectly fail in our obedience!  But it’s one thing to fall & trip up in sin, while desiring to serve the Lord; it’s another thing altogether to know the commands of God & thumb our nose at them in blatant rebellion.  The person who truly fears God will strive by the power of the Spirit to obey God.
  • To obey God is not burdensome; it’s a delight.  Please don’t get the idea that the psalmist is teaching legalism here.  Never in the Bible (OT or NT) does the Scripture uphold the idea of legalism, where man is trapped in bondage hoping to somehow earn his/her way to heaven.  Instead, the Bible consistently shows the man or woman of God delighting in walking in the ways of God.  When there’s no delight in obeying the voice of the One that saved you, there’s a problem.
  • To rightly fear God is to be blessed!  What does this blessing look like?  See vss. 2-4…
  • The blessings of the righteous (vss. 2-4)

2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

  • Blessed in posterity: there will be many & mighty descendants.  (Abraham experienced this blessing first-hand…we are all his descendants through faith in Christ!)
  • Blessed in prosperity: there will be abundance of wealth in his house as he experiences the favor of God.
  • Questions: are these absolute promises of material blessings on earth?  No.  What we read in the Bible has to be interpreted by the rest of the Bible.  There are many other passages that show God’s people in suffering and poverty.  The whole book of Job goes against the very grain of the idea that all of God’s people are always blessed & trouble free.  If that’s the case, what do we do with the many passages of Scripture that talk about the material blessing of God He gives to His people?  (1) We understand that our blessing is primarily spiritual, in regards to our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  (2) We understand that material blessing WILL come during the days of the Millennial kingdom when we share in the inheritance of Christ.  (3) We understand that we do not live in the ideal world now, but one day we will.  Today we live in a fallen creation, but it won’t always remain fallen.  Jesus’ death and resurrection promises the restoration of creation to what God had originally intended, and these passages help us look forward to that day in glorious hope & expectation.

4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

  • Blessed in testimony.  The righteous person shines as a man/woman of God.  People can look to him and recognize the hand of God upon him.  Or as Jesus said, we are the light of the world, and people will see the good things we do & glorify our Father in Heaven.
  • Do you notice the familiarity of the description of the righteous person?  “He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”  Usually when the Bible uses this wording, it’s speaking of the character and nature of God.  Yet this time it’s speaking of a human being: the person who is upright & fears the Lord.  When we walk in the proper fear of God – when we obey the commands of God – when we walk as God would have us to walk, after His ways…then it’s only natural that our character is going to reflect HIS character.  Because God is gracious, the more we follow in the footsteps of Christ, we will be gracious.  Because God is compassionate, the longer we walk with the Lord, the more compassionate we will be, etc.
    • What do you do as a Christian if these terms don’t really describe you?  Check out how much time you’re spending with Jesus.
  • The heart of the righteous (vss. 5-8)

5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

  • The righteous has compassion – he shows forth the love of Christ.  He’s not stingy & selfish, but is willing to lend at need & deal favorably with other people.  What a practical example of the love of God: to simply be willing to help someone else out financially in their time of need.  Now obviously, not every believer is in a financial position to do this – but this is the heart of the righteous man/woman of God.  It’s simply an example of compassion towards those in need.
  • The righteous has wisdom.  When he/she conducts his affairs (be it business, family, or otherwise), it’s done with “discretion.”  This isn’t so much the idea of not being flamboyant or an attention-seeker (though it certainly applies!), as it is acting judiciously.  The person who is in Christ is led by the Holy Spirit, who grants wisdom to those who ask for it.
  • The righteous is steadfast.  He isn’t going to be swayed easily from the task, or persuaded to abandon the things of God.

7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

  • The righteous person fears God, but is not afraid of evil tidings.  He is faith-filled, and fears God alone.  After all, if we’ve got the proper perspective on God, why on earth would we fear anyone else?  What can man do to me?  Evil men might be able to take our lives, but our soul belongs to God (who is able to destroy both body and soul in Hell).  No – if we truly trust and fear God, there’s no reason to fear anyone else.
  • To what extent is the righteous man/woman steadfast?  The full extent.  The righteous person sees the work of God through till the end.  In reference to the king, the king would see God’s justice done, no matter what.  In reference to Christ, it is a glorious statement that the devil’s defeat will one day be made absolutely complete when he’s finally thrown into the lake of fire.
  • The reputation of the righteous (vss. 9-10)

9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor.

  • Notice how the compassion of the righteous person is not merely planned, but carried out. “He has dispersed…He has given…”  Actions prove intent.  The righteous person who fears God not only intends to show compassion and grace, but demonstrates it as well.
  • The righteous person is honored…his horn (power) is exalted.  By whom it’s exalted is left unsaid.  Perhaps by the godly masses as they bear witness to the work of God in the person; perhaps by God Himself as He exalts the humble & lowly.  Perhaps both. J
  • BTW – who is the ultimate righteous One?  The Lord Jesus Christ.  Notice how all of this describes Him in His glory, which will eventually be recognized all over the world after His 2nd coming.

10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

  • Finally, the righteous one is feared by the wicked.  Notice the contrast with vs. 8.  The person who rightly fears the Lord sees his desire upon his enemies, whereas the wicked do not see their desire accomplished – it perishes away.
  • Again, we can easily see the reaction of the wicked unto Christ here.


Psalm 113 (NKJV) – The Reason We Worship, part 2

  • Call to worship (vss. 1-3)

1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD!

  • Begins with a three-fold call to praise God.  We have the opening hallelujah, and two expansions of it.
    • Who is to praise the Lord?  The servants of God: US!  If you are in Christ, then you are a servant of the Most High God…give Him praise! 
    • What are we to praise about the Lord?  His name.  Culturally, a person’s name represented the person himself, so to praise the name of God is to praise everything about God.  Praise His character, His being, His works…everything.
  • Praise Him!  Everyone, everywhere is to praise Yahweh God!  “Praise” is mentioned 3 times, as is the covenant name of God, “LORD” mentioned 3 times.  There’s no doubt about Whom we’re to praise.

2 Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forevermore! 3 From the rising of the sun to its going down The LORD’s name is to be praised.

  • How long are we to praise God?  Always.  At all times, we’re bless His holy name.  This speaks of constant, continual praise – from sun-up to sun-down & all times in-between.  The NT speaks of praying without ceasing…a similar idea could be said about worship.  It’s interesting when we look at the way worship was supposed to work at the tabernacle/temple.  There was always supposed to be some sort of sacrifice taking place, day-in & day-out.  There was always supposed to be smoke rising up from the altar.  Why?  Because God was always worthy of praise.  Jesus had told the Pharisees that if people didn’t sing out, the rocks would…something in God’s creation is going to speak up and give the Creator praise.
    • May it be us!  May His praise be quick to come from our lips, and demonstrated through our walk!
  • The glory & exaltation of God (vss. 4-6)

4 The LORD is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.

  • God reigns over the nations.  There is no nation that can even begin to compare with God – He is exalted over them all.  Even the myriad of nations that do not recognize the Lord as God are still ultimately ruled over by God.  He is high above them.
  • God reigns over the universe.  Obviously, it’s not just the nations of the earth – God is exalted over everything.  He is more glorious than the virtually-infinite heavens.  He is more wonderful than all the star clusters in the sky.  He more beautiful than every sunset put together.  God the Creator is exalted above His creation.  (Which means He is exalted above us!)

5 Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, 6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

  • There is none like God!  There is none exalted to the place as He is.  (Which underscores the fact that Jesus is indeed God because He has been given the name which is above every name.)
  • How high is God?  So high & lifted up that even for God to stoop and behold us as His beloved people is an act of compassion.  Never mind His interaction in our lives, or His intervention for our sin…just to look at us at all is a demonstration of God’s humility & love.
  • The compassion of God (vss. 7-9)

7 He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, 8 That He may seat him with princes— With the princes of His people. 9 He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!

  • God brings the poor out of mourning & into blessing.  Those who were sitting in the ash-heap have been lifted up by God.  The infinite exalted God condescends to us that we might be exalted as well.  He exalts us out of our sin and despair and slavery, and lifts us to a place of dignity and holiness as one of His own.
  • God’s compassion isn’t reserved for men, but it’s demonstrated unto women as well.  Culturally, a childless women was to be considered accursed (though God never saw women that way) – but yet He blesses even the childless with a posterity who can provide for her home.  There is no one that is beyond the blessing and love of God!
  • Many commentators have noted some similarity between Ps 113 & the song of Hannah.  1 Samuel 2:7–8, "(7) The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. (8) He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes And make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, And He has set the world upon them." []  What amazing grace of God!  To lift us from the dust and make us co-heirs of Christ Jesus?  The word “grace” seems to fall utterly short of what God has done.
  • Very appropriately, Ps 113 ends with a Hallelujah!  Because of Jesus, we’ve been lifted out of the ashes to sit with Him on His throne…hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!


Psalm 114 (NKJV) – God’s Power in the Exodus

  • Although this particular psalm may not seem like it fits well with the others (it doesn’t begin with a “Hallelujah,” it’s part of what are considered the “Hallel” psalms which were sung at the major feasts of Israel.  Traditionally, Ps 113 & 114 were sung prior to the Passover meal, while Ps 115-118 were sung following the meal.
  • Introduction of the Exodus (vss. 1-2)

1 When Israel went out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion.

  • This can get a bit confusing, simply due to how the names are used, but it’s describing the exodus from Egypt into the promised land.  The nation of “Israel” & the house of “Jacob” were brought out by the mighty hand of God & freed from bondage unto the Egyptians (a people who spoke a “strange language” to those who spoke Hebrew).  God then took this people into a land that was eventually divided into two kingdoms called “Israel” & “Judah” (the northern & southern kingdoms).  Thus Israel (the people) received Israel (the land) as their home.
  • Although God’s name is hardly mentioned (only in vs. 7), the whole underlying theme is the work of God in this.  Israel did not bring themselves out of Egypt; they were brought…they were redeemed.  Judah became the sanctuary of God because that is where the temple was (in Jerusalem).  Israel became the dominion of God because that was where He placed the people He had purchased.
  • The miracles of God (vss. 3-6)

3 The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs.

  • Referring to the miracles that took place during the times of the exodus & conquest of the land.  (1) The Red Sea parted…  (2) The Jordan River dried up…  (3) Mt. Sinai quaked when God gave the 10 Commandments…
  • There’s also a possibility that the mountains might be a reference to the many nations that were routed by Joshua’s armies (and thus through the supernatural empowerment by God).
  • These weren’t exactly minor events in the history of Israel; these are turning points in their history.  These were milestones in which there was no doubt in the eyes of the people about the miraculous intervention of God – it was worth remembering!
    • Likewise with us and the cross.

5 What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? 6 O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

  • A bit of poetic rendering here, as the author personifies the Red Sea, etc., as if he could talk to them.  Why would they act such a way?  What would be the matter?  Mountains don’t usually quake, and seas don’t usually part.  What happened?  GOD intervened!
  • Command to fear God (vss. 7-8)

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.

  • The earth was right to tremble!  It was appropriate for it to fear at the intervention and presence of God.  It’s only natural to fear the God who can part the sea or bring water out of a rock.
  • That’s true not just for the physical planet, but for the people who live upon it.  When we look at the works of God, how can we NOT fear Him?  There’s a reason why people respond the way they do to God when they understand Who it is they are talking to.  Isaiah cried out “Woe is me!”  Peter pleaded with Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  The reason they do so is because they’ve received a glimpse of the awesome Almighty God, and they rightly fear Him.
  • When that fear of the Lord does not exist, there’s a problem.  To look at God like this, the only proper response IS to tremble!
    • And yet, God doesn’t leave us in that place of trembling.  Compassionately, He reaches out to us in Christ & allows us to come boldly before the throne of grace.  Never forgetting who God is – but still empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ.

Fear God, yes.  Fear Him and reverence His holy name, acknowledging Him for who He is.  God is the Almighty Ever-Existent Holy Glorious Creator God.  He possesses all power and just judgment, and He is exalted above all creation.  Truly that is a God to be feared.  And at the same time, that is a God to be praised!  Fear God rightly in order that you would praise God passionately.  Praise Him with your whole heart – praise Him personally – praise Him among the congregation – praise Him before the rocks & stones get a chance to do so – praise Him with your life as you walk in obedience to His commandments…praise Him!

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