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God's Majesty

Worship BG - Great is the Lord

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This is part of a Psalm that I have been thinking a great deal about lately:

Psalm 145

Great Is the LORD
A Song of Praise. Of David.

1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

My thought have wondered most often to verse 5.  I find that I do not meditate enough on the splendor and majesty of God.  I talk a lot about living in Doxology, but I tend to praise God for his wondrous works in my life and forget about his splendor and majesty.  Even if God never did another thing for me…He is greatly to be praised because of who He  is.  His grace and mercy, which is bestowed upon us every moment of everyday, flows from Him because mercy and grace are part of His nature.  It isn’t enough to praise Him for what He does.  We need to praise Him for who He is.

 

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Living in Doxology

Gratitude.  We all know we should be thankful for the things that we have.  We have all been blessed by God in countless ways.  I know it is hard to see that sometimes, especially when everything around us is falling apart.  Even in the worst of times there is much to be thankful for.  The air we breath, a roof over our heads, or even the fact that we opened our eyes this morning can all be attributed to the great grace of God.  Yet, we often forget or neglect to offer him thanksgiving and praise for all that he has done for us.  I think that this is a serious issue in the church.  Every week in a number of churches a doxology is sung:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Or if you prefer:

Yet, I wonder if we are really paying attention to the words.  Do we really believe that that all blessings flow from God?  If we do believe that how often do we thank Him privately and publicly. Do we allow the gifts of his grace to change how we live?  Do we bear witness to what God has done and is doing in our lives?  In other words, are we living our lives in doxology?

Think about Psalm 116:12-19

What can I give back to God
for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death,
God welcomes those who love him.
Oh, God, here I am, your servant,
your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice
and pray in the name of God.
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
and I’ll do it in company with his people,
In the place of worship, in God’s house,
in Jerusalem, God’s city.
Hallelujah! (The Message)