Day 5 Read: Psalm 104:31-35
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!
Reflect: To what extent does the psalmist worship God?
Consider: After reciting some of the reasons to praise God, the psalmist determines that he will give God the praise he so richly deserves. Three times in these verses he says, ‘I will.’
We find in these verses certain truths we may refer to as dimensions of praise. Firstly, it is to be inwardly felt (‘glad in the Lord’) and openly expressed (‘I will sing’).
Secondly, it is to be offered continually (‘while I have my being’). We are not just to praise God when we feel like it or when our circumstances are just right. Here is the touchstone—as long as we have breath we are to praise him. (It also seems that the psalmist was aware of the shortness of this life and didn’t want to let slip so much as one opportunity to praise God.)
Thirdly, it is to be offered with the keen desire to please God. So much of what we call ‘worship’ is designed to please us rather than it is to please God. How do we know what kind of worship pleases God? He has given us the answer in his Word.5
Respond: What practical steps can you take to improve your praise to God? How does the truth of God’s unchanging nature help you?
5 Ibid, 139-140.