Monday 31st Aug 2020
Why Should We Praise God?
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Psalm 95: 3-7 “3 For the Lord is a great God, the great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.5 The seas belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (NLT)
Yes, the whole world, not just Christians should praise God. Verses 1-2 tell us “How” we should praise him and the above verses tell us “Why” we should praise him.
The reason for praise and thanksgiving is because we are related to God in creation. He is our Maker and Creator. He created not only the whole world and everything that is in it, but the whole of universe, for without him nothing will exist today. And this is true not only for us believers but for all men, for we are all creatures of his hands.
That is the reason Paul points out one of the charges God will bring against men is that “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Rom 1:21). They did not care to recognise their relationship to him.
Thus Psalm 96:8 says “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” God is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving for the simple fact that he made us and we cannot live a moment without him. The glory due him should bring us together for worship. A little poem highlights the irony of men’s neglect of thanksgiving toward God. It is titled “The Humanist,” a modern term for what we used to call an atheist.
“He exists, because he was created.
He is here, because he was placed here.
He is well and comfortable because divine power keeps him so.
He dines at God’s table
He is sheltered by the roof God gave him.
He is clothed by God’s bounty.
He lives by breathing God’s air
Which keeps him strong and vocal
To go about persuading people that
Whether He is or not,
Only man matters.” (Source unknown) Ray C. Stedman
How ironic, isn’t it? When a man uses God’s resources to try to persuade men that God does not exists! Oh, the foolishness of man, when can we ever learn? For without God, we are not even here!
The psalmist reminds us that the Creator God is the great God and King above all the other gods that men make to worship. God owns the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains, the seas and the dry land were all made by him and belongs to him. It is thus proper and right for us to bow before him and worship him for he alone is the Maker of it all.
Verse 7 tells us that he is more than just God our Creator, he is also God our Redeemer, our Saviour. We are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. He is also our Shepherd-God. We have now entered into a personal relationship with him and the proper expression of it is one of awe and humility.
Indeed let us worship and bow down and kneel before this great and mighty God of the universe who is not only our creator and Shepherd but also our Heavenly Father, Abba Father, how blessed and fortunately we are indeed. Do we need any more reasons as to why we should praise and worship Him?
PRAYER: Father God, thank you for your amazing love and grace that saved a wretch like me! I was once lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. This unworthy child now kneels and bow before you in worship for who you are and what you have done for me. Help me never to leave you but to love and serve you with everything you have blessed me with. In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I pray AMEN.
祷告：父神，感谢祢奇妙的爱与恩典，拯救了我这卑劣的人！ 我曾经迷路失丧 ，但现在被寻着，曾经瞎眼，但现在我能看见了。为着祢的身份，和祢为我所做的一切，这位不配的孩子向祢屈膝崇拜。帮助我永远不离开祢，并且以祢所祝福我的一切去爱和服侍祢。奉主耶稣基督的宝贵名字祈祷，阿们。