The psalmist sings, "O Praise..." According to William Edwy Vine, the Hebrew word translated, praise means, "To praise, celebrate, glory, sing (praise), boast2." The clause, "praise the Lord is found nineteen times in the book of Psalms; "praise ye the Lord," twenty-three times; "praise Him," twenty-two times; "praises," twenty-one times; "praise His name," one time.
So you can see how important praising God was to the psalmists.
"Praise Him All You People"
One of the most powerful chapters in the Bible is Psalm 148. In it "the whole creation is invoked to praise Jehovah" (James Burton Coffman). The psalmist urges in Psalm 148:11-13:
Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Our featured acappella hymn, written by William J. Kirkpatrick and sung by the West Side church of Christ in
Salem, VA is based on this amazing psalm. It, in turn, is an amazing hymn. The psalmist urges that "all you people" praise the Lord (Ps. 117:1).
"For His Merciful Kindness Is Great Toward Us"
In Psalm 117:2, the psalmist explains, in a nutshell, why we must praise the Lord. He writes, "For his merciful kindness is great toward us." Indeed!
The psalmist sings in Psalm 89:1, "I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations." David wrote in Psalm 100:4-5:
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
"The Truth of the Lord Endures for Ever"
Isaiah writes in Isaiah 25:1:
O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
The clause, "Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth," suggests that God's counsels have always been faithfulness and truth. Naaman said in Numbers 23:19, and David in Psalm 33:10 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Isaiah puts it this way in Isaiah 46:9:
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure...