I don’t know how many years I have left to live and love. Life is short and the older I get, the clearer that is to me. [Tweet This]
We continue looking at Psalm 146 today. Last time we looked at Psalm 146:1 and verse two picks up on the theme of praise again.
I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I still have my being.
Okay, true confessions. I regularly read the obituaries and the police blotter. I read them for different reasons—but have felt the fleetingness of life as I see so many deaths of people in their thirties, forties and fifties. This has caused me to think a great deal about how many years I have left on this earth.
The fact is, none of us know. Life is short, so I think I should live each day with that in mind.
The meaning of this verse is the psalmist’s desire to lift up the Lords praise throughout his whole life – while he still has breath. I will praise – I will sing. This is a determined prayer. It is present tense—I will do it now.
No matter what I face – I will praise. [Tweet This]
No matter what is going on, I will sing praises to God…
Praise is more powerful than we can imagine:
Praise routes the enemy.
Praise stirs our spirit.
Praise ascends to God’s throne as an offering.
Praise erects a shield to combat defeat, and depression.
Praise overcomes grumbling.
God is worthy of that praise and he loves to hear it – to smell the fragrant offering.
Because Life is Short
We can find other reference to this:
Psalm 63:4 says, So I will bless Thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name.
Psalm 104:33 that tells us, [let me] sing to the Lord in my lifetime; Let me sing praise to my God [while I still am].
We don’t know about tomorrow—we aren’t even sure there will be a tomorrow. So, I want my life to be a fragrant offering today. Because life is short. And, my life belongs to God.
He bought me with the blood of The Lamb.
What is worthy of praise today?
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