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We Wait for Full Redemption
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Psalm 119 – Part 22 A

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PSALM 119:169-176

Hebrew Th-Tau

(Th, Taw, Tau)

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding
according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you; deliver me
according to your word.
171 My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.
172
My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
173
Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
174
I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight.
175
Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.
Psalm 119:169-176

We’ve reached the last stanza of Psalm 119, and in our study today we’ll zero in on verses 171 and 175 as we delve into the topic of praise. The Psalmist knew the power of God’s Word and faithfulness in his life; therefore, he continually praised the Lord—no matter what was going on around him. He knew that praise ushers in the power of God and brings victory.

Is it any surprise then that God called the Tribe of Judah (meaning praise) to be the first tribe to lead into battle? The praisers went before the armies of the Lord into battle and declared God’s name, His goodness, His faithfulness. The Psalmist was from the tribe of Judah and so was Jesus.

WHY is praise so important in your life? What happens when you begin to praise the Lord each day? As you do, your focus and attention changes. No longer are you concentrating on yourself and your problem(s) (oh, woe is me), but you’re focusing on God and His faithfulness to you and to His Word.

The Psalmist gives us an example of how our praise should be in verse 171 when he says “my lips overflow with praise”. It’s the picture of water from your faucet overflowing into your cup. When you enter into praise, you’re releasing God’s power through your lips, your words. The Psalmist also said in Psalm 5:15 “…my lips will declare your praise” and Hebrews 13:15 instructs “let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of our lips that confesses His name.”  

I challenge you today to stir yourself up with praise declaring God’s faithfulness, and see things change around you and in your life. Exalt the Lord and Praise His Name.