Indeed, the Old Testament is full prophecies given by God of things that came to past, even centuries later, exactly as He said. Most important to us are the some three hundred prophecies concerning the coming Messiah, the savior of our souls. The first of these appears in the third chapter of the book of Genesis,very near the very beginning of the world (Gen. 3:15). Isaih 53 is another well-known prophecy uttered several centuries before their fulfillment3.
Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:24-25:
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
It is the truth whereby, if we obey it, our souls are purified and by which we are born again (1 Pet. 1:22-23; See John 3:3-i7).
"Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 117 begins with the words, "praise the Lord," and ends with the words, "praise the Lord."
We have seen that there are numerous references of praise to God. The New Testament also teaches us to praise Him.
John heard a voice from the throne of God in heaven saying, "Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great" (Rev 19:6). The word translated, praise, here, is from a Greek word that occurs ten times in nine verses. The heavenly host that appeared to the shepherds when Jesus was born praised God (Luke 2:13), as did the shepherds when they heard the great news (Luke 2:20). The multitude praised God for the mighty workds that they had Jesus do, when Jesus neared mount of Olives the week of His crucifixion (Luke 19:37). The new converts on the Day of Pentecost praised God for their salvation (Acts 2:47).
Paul writes in Hebrews 13:15, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." This Greek word is only occurs one time, but it has profound meaning. This "sacrifice" is similar to the various thank offernins under the Law of Moses, but, as Coffman writes:
ours is offered at all times, "continually," in words of praise and thanksgiving, with confessions of Christ's love, mercy, and blessing, plus all other forms of giving God the glory through oral testimony. It has been repeatedly revealed in Hebrews that a Christian's conversation, in the last analysis, is not merely a measure of his devotion but also a means of increasing both his own faith and that of others... Every hour of every day the child of God should seek occasions to speak humbly and lovingly of the wonderful blessings in Christian service, of the love and mercy of God, of God's goodness, and of the peace and joy in believing.
Psalm 117 is a small chapter, but it has a big message for the Jews of the day, for every Christian of today - Preaise the Lord continually!
3. For a more extensive discussion on the Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus, See "Jesus Birth in Prophecy."↩