30 Days of Thanks & Praise! - Day #13 – His Praise is Worthy Even When I’m Weary (Psalm 119:62)
His Praise is Worthy Even When I’m Weary (Psalm 119:62)
Psalm 119:62, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
1. The Passion. "At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee…" (Psalm 119:62).
When this was written, people went to bed early. To get up at midnight expressed extraordinary devotion and love for the Lord. The psalmist chose not to sleep but to spend time alone with God to express his gratitude. This truth is seen in studying the Hebrew word for "give thanks." It is from the Hebrew word yadah which means "to throw or cast down; to shoot as you would shoot arrows." Whether you throw something down or shoot an arrow, you do it with force and resolve. You want to hit the target which is on the receiving end of your focus. Our focus and aim are to be upon our Lord. Getting up at midnight to worship will involve considerable passion for the things of the Lord. When consistent praise flows from our lips for all that God is and what He has done, you will appreciate the preciousness of your portion in Him. Praise brings us closer to Christ. It develops an attitude of gratitude because we are focused on what He has done by counting our blessings. Our praise and thankfulness are not to be timid and petty. Oh no, they are to be given with focus, with enthusiasm and generously.
There is another reason we should praise the Lord with enthusiasm and firm resolve. Praise is a natural and necessary response to fully enjoy the object that is being praised. For example, when watching a football game on television, it is a natural response to praise a tremendous play made by your favorite team. To shout, "WOW! Did you see that?" after an acrobatic catch in the end zone is not only natural, but necessary to fully enjoy the game. If you do not believe that it is necessary, the next time you watch a football game try to not express yourself at all. Sit on your couch in a nonchalant manner and you will quickly find that you do not enjoy the action of the game nearly as much as you do when you have the freedom to express yourself in praise, cheering, booing, and excitement. When we are a thankful people, we will have time for God, church, the Bible and prayer. Praise and gratefulness will help you to remember how precious the Lord is.
2. The Praise. "…give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments" (Psalm 119:62).
What profound dedication. The psalmist will praise God for His Word. He will praise God for God's ways. He pledged to praise God for His righteous laws at all times and in all circumstances (Ephesians 5:20; I Thessalonians 5:18). Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” David got up in the middle of the night to thank God for His Word. There is no equal, even in sacred history, of another so dedicated as to rise at midnight to thank God. Notice also how he described God’s Word as “thy righteous judgments.”
When I consider Paul and Silas while they were in prison at midnight singing, praying, and praising God; giving thanks to God because of His righteous judgments, it encourages and motivates me to praise Him even when I’m spiritually spent and physically frayed. When my flesh is growling no! While my spirit is shouting yes! I’m reminded to be instant in season and out of season. The more the flesh is denied for the service of God, the more we shall be elevated for His enjoyment.
a. He is Worthy of our Praise because He suffered for us.
b. He is Worthy of our Love because of the Life that He lived.
c. He is Worthy of our Worship:
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