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Psalm 119 – Part 22 B

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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

There isn’t a better theme to end our study of Psalm 119 on than praise and singing, or we could say singing praises to the Lord.

In the last study we saw the importance of being praisers and how praise can change our circumstances and our lives. Praise ushers in God’s power, and you can sing our praises to the Lord. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an excellent singing voice or not. You’re not singing for others to hear; you’re singing to the Lord, and He loves joyful noises that praise and lift Him up.

The Psalmist wrote many of his psalms and set them to music. They were meant to be sung. But he wasn’t the first to do so. A judge of Israel, Deborah, declared her position of praise in Judges 5:3 “hear this, you kings! listen you rulers! I will sing to the Lord, I will sing; I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

There are numerous verses throughout the Old Testament that encourage us to sing our praise to the Lord. This is an expressive avenue to exalt and worship God. In Psalm 92:1-2, the Psalmist says  “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Also in Psalm 35:28 he says “My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.”

We previously mentioned that your focus changes when God is the center of your praise and worship. As you speak or sing it forth, He comes and dwells, resides in the midst of your praise and worship. God is there with you – He’s in the house. And when God is in the house, His peace and joy flow unhindered. The victory in your circumstances or battle is about to be seen.  

Let the praises of God be in your mouth as you sing, holding forth the Word of God declaring His faithfulness and truth.

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