As I finished walking our dog this morning the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty came on my music player. What a marvellous way to start the day and perfect for my topic.
1 Praise the Eternal!
Praise the Eternal, O my soul;
2 I will praise the Eternal for as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God as long as breath fills my lungs and blood flows through my veins.
Psalm 146 echoes what I heard on Sunday morning in the sermon, it contains a truth that makes us different from the world. We sang that the praise of God should always be on our lips; we sang those lines and worshipped God because He is good. All the time He is good. Not just when we understand and like what He is doing, not just when things go well but all the time – He is good and worthy of our praise.
We’ve been studying Job over the last few weeks looking at the issue of God and suffering, trying to understand how we make sense of bad things that happen to us if God is good. I am including a link to the audio sermons because they are worth listening to. This week the bottom line came: we either trust God or we don’t. He is not going to explain Himself to us any more than He did to Job. God is God and we are not.
Does that mean He expects us to scurry around bowed down by the weight of all the bad things in the world? That we are left in the dark following an uncaring God? Absolutely not! In fact, the opposite, because we know that God is good. He has proven Himself to be good time and time again in our lives and in the lives of others that we read or hear about. So we can leave the worry, the weight and the troubles with Him.
Psalm 146 goes on to say that those who love God and let Him help them can be joyful (v5) That He keeps His promises (v6) That He brings justice and freedom (v7). We might look at our lives or the world around us and blink hard because there are tragedies and horrors and sicknesses and pain but we don’t need to stay looking at those things. We can lift our eyes to God and praise Him because He is good and He is bigger than those problems.
Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Jesus didn’t say come to me and there’ll be nothing to carry, but He did say the burden He gives us is light. It’s down to our attitude and down to whether we believe God when He says He loves us. It comes down to believing He is good all the time.
Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries..
We have to choose to believe His Word, believe His Spirit living within us and not what we can see or feel around us. If we believe Him then His praise will be on our lips as long as we have life and breath bringing glory to Him but even more, it will change the way we interact with people and situations and bring even more glory to Him!!