Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
(Psalm 150:1–6, NIV)
Praise the Lord!
How have you seen someone give praise to God today?
While one way to praise God is to speak your praises, what are others ways your life can praise the Lord?
What reasons do you have to praise the Lord today?
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, NIV)
In the darkest of days, you have reason NOT to fear.
Think of times in your life that you would describe as a “dark valley.” How do you think you reacted to those times: fear or comfort?
Why do we assume that evil can harm us? How do we reconcile the psalmist’s comment that we have no reason to fear evil with the reality that evil can and does cause us pain and hurt?
How does a life of faith, full of the comfort of knowing God is with you, look like in practical terms? In other words, how would I know this person when I saw him or her?
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
(Psalm 19:1–14, NIV)
In a time when we cannot meet together and lose some of the encouragement we might get from being face-to-face, it is nice to remember that we still have opportunity to spend time in God’s word, receiving instruction and encouragement from him.
Remember a time when you were overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation. In what ways did this help you see God better? In what ways did this beauty help proclaim the works of God’s hands?
How has the word of God proven to be right, perfect, refreshing, etc.?
What are some ways can you spend time in God’s word more and encourage others to do the same?
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20, NIV)
“God is our help & shield.”
Why is waiting such a difficult thing for us to do? How does having hope help that time of waiting become easier?
In what ways does the Lord give you hope?
Make a list of the ways God has been both your help and your shield.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100:1–5, NIV)
What reasons do you have to “shout with joy” to the Lord?
What are some ways you can “shout” so that those around you can hear about God’s wonderful deeds? (Beyond simply shouting, obviously!)
In what ways have you seen the Lord’s goodness and ever-lasting love today?
Psalm 56.3-4, 10-11
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
(Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11, NIV)
“When we are afraid – mortal man cannot hurt us…”
What things make you afraid?
What sort of things do you typically do to alleviate the fears you have? Where would you say you usually put your trust? God? Your own power? The strength of others? What else?
How does the psalmist’s statement that man can do nothing to you reassure you?
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every 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.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
(Psalm 145.1-7, NIV)
God has done great things! Do we think to pass that along to the next generation?
As you think about passing on to the next generation what God has done, what things do you want to tell that generation?
How have you seen God’s steadfast love in your life?
Have you praised the Lord today?