Forever and Every Day

“I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:1-21

“Bring your sacrifices every morning… offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving.” Amos 4:4-5

The rhythm of David’s days was praise. To extol his God and King was like breathing: behold, praise; meditate, commend; observe, sing out; look, declare. His life was filled with blessing from God, and his days were filled with blessing his God- the One so supreme, powerful, splendid, and intricately involved in everything good. Indeed, His character and works were eminently worthy of ongoing praise.

To praise God every day through warp and woof and hours of existence is to praise Him forever. Who He is today He is always. How He deals with men is how He deals forever. God is faithful and does not change. His mercies never cease yet are new every morning. Daily He bears burdens and brings His plans to pass. His word is ever true and accomplishes its intent. (Psalm 68:19; Isaiah 14:24; 55:10-11; Lamentations 3:22-23; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)

How will I establish new rhythms of praise? Could outlook be infused with expectant joy, gossip become a litany of commendation, complaint turn to gratitude, sloth to zealous stewardship?

Lord on high, captivate me with You and Your wondrous works, that my days be full of praise and You are honored forever.

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