Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come. when we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.
You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
God is worthy of our praise! God is the one who hears our prayer when we are overwhelmed by sins. God is the one who blesses all who live close to him. God is the one who answers with hope when we pray. David in this Psalm looks and considers with praise the awesome deeds of God’s righteousness all around him. Read this Psalm again. Now let’s each take a moment to look around where we are and to consider with praise the great, awesome God we serve. Today let’s forget ourselves and focus of the praise of our God who is worthy!
Father you are so worthy of our praise! We’re so humbled to consider the wonder of your creation, how you nurture it with every need–not only for the heavens and earth, but also the marvel of your creation of each generation of man. We are so careless in honoring you with our praise. It seems we most often only remember you when we want something. Forgive us we pray. Help us to live close to you, to honor you with our love and praise. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen. Hallelujah! Glory to your name! Hallelujah!