Let Us Praise Him!
Text: Psalm 117:1-2
Today, I stand here in this pulpit thankful. I know that my attitude sometimes does not reflect that but I truly am thankful for all that God has done personally for me.
God has given me that which I could not obtain, I do not deserve, and honestly did not desire. He has given me things in my life that I am not worthy to have.
If you will allow me I want to give you a few of those things God has and is continuing to give, in spite of me…
- A relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
- His continually working on me by humbling me daily as I reflect on Him!
- He has given me a great family.
- He has given me friends.
- God is faithful.
we should remind ourselves on a daily basis that thanksgiving is the very essence of Christian living and being thankful is an attitude that should end in praise for what God has done for us.
According to Romans 1 an unthankful spirit is the very essence of the unregenerate heart. The apostle Paul, in chapter 1, identifies the ungodly with some very direct words. In verse 21 he says, “When they knew God…” that is through conscience and creation, God was visibly manifest to them and experientially manifest to them.
Even though the Bible tells us that they knew God through creation and conscience, Paul goes on to write, “They glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful…”
There is the indictment on unregenerate man. There is the indictment on the non-Christian. He refuses to do what is basic and that is to thank God for everything,
- God who created everything… John 1:10
- God who gives him life and breath in whom he lives and moves and has his being… Acts 17:28
- God who has revealed himself to him in conscience and therefore given him a standard of right and wrong… Romans 1:18-19
- God who gives every good and perfect gift is the one and the only one to whom all thanks is to be rendered. James 1:17
There is no praise for the one that they know exist, but I want to tell you that as Christians we can find ourselves there if we are not careful. With all the negative information we get from day to day we can find ourselves in a negative thought pattern.
So this morning as we worship I want us to look at this Psalm together and I want to give you 2 things for you to take home as we come into this thanksgiving week…
I. Because of God’s Mercy We Should Praise Him!
When was the last time you praised Him for His mercy? I believe as Americans we to many times through our lifes depreciate God instead of appreciate God for what He…
- has done
- is doing
- will do
in our life…
A thankful heart is a heart that gives PRAISE to the one who deserves it. In this thanksgiving hour as you go through your life and the things you have gone through this year, what will you give praise to God for… Thanks to God for?
I want to tell you this morning that God’s MERCY has been extended and for that we can give thanks.
God’s mercy flows from a heart that is touched by misery and need! He saw that need in the Garden as man went down a path he was never intended to go and God form that day has been…
His Love does not give up but keeps pursuing the highest good of His creation!
- Love that will not let go!
- stubborn love!
Is God in truth merciful and kind? Is his love faithful and unfailing? The all of nature says it is so. Ten thousand blessings attend us every step of our way, each blessing whispering his love in our ears. Every thing we call ‘good’ flows from the fountain of his love as we mentioned earlier according to James 1:17.
But what is whispered in the realm of nature is shouted from the cross of Christ. There God answered once and for all those who wonder what is in his heart. It is a heart of love for sinners. His mercy shined forth and for this we give thanks today…
Williams How an Anglican Bishop and Hymn writer from yesteryear wrote this…
I sometimes think about the cross,
And shut my eyes, and try to see
The cruel nails, and crown of thorns,
And Jesus crucified for me.
Yet even could I see him die,
I could but see a part,
Of that great love, which like a fire
Is always burning in his heart.
(W. Walsham How)
The love… The mercy… The kindness of God is indeed ‘great toward us’ (v. 2).
The word ‘GREAT’ is taken from a Hebrew word which is sometimes translated ‘prevails’ or ‘overwhelms’. Perhaps the image we are to call to mind is that of a mighty flood that prevails over all or overwhelms all in its path.
The merciful kindness of God is like that. There are all sorts of obstacles and enemies between God and you, but the mercy of God overpowers and prevails in each one of us and so many times we move about in our life unaware of it.
This is an astonishing mercy that is shown in His love towards us.
The apostle John expressed it this way… “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (1 John 3:1).
The phrase translated ‘what manner’ (ποταπός) comes from a Greek word which can be translated ‘from what country or origin’ is it from. The love of God for sinners is such that it was unlike anything with which John was familiar. The love of God for sinners is unprecedented and unsurpassed. It is astonishing love. It is astonishing that God would love guilty, undeserving sinners at all. It is astonishing that he would love as he did, sending his Son. And it is astonishing because of the greatness of the benefits which it bestows.
The Lord is kind to us as His creation and merciful to us as sinners, therefore praise is due Him from us as we approach this Thanksgiving.
This love is seen in God’s great mercy that he has given and for that we should stop and thank him for His mercy, His love, His kindness is great towards us.
In Jesus Christ God has shown to the us mercy mixed with kindness to the greatest degree.
Secondly I want you to grasp the fact this morning of His truth in our life.
II. God’s Truth Endures Forever!
The enduring nature of God’s word contrasts sharply with our fast changing culture. People change…
and many other things in our culture today.
Though our society around us features rapid change, many of us respect people who endure.
We can also respect the Bible because of its enduring nature. It has lasted; it has existed for thousands of years! In spite of various attempts to discredit it, God’s word endures forever!
It is not a truth that can ever go away… We should give praise for the perpetuity of his truth: The truth of the Lord endures for ever. When everything else is gone we still have GOd’s Word…
The Prophet Isaiah wrote to his people who struggled in exile, a people who had lost nearly everything: they had lost their land, their Temple, their livelihood, their king and their priesthood. The only thing they had left were their scrolls, their Bible! Their one hope centered in the word of God!
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:6-8
Isaiah compared mankind to grass and flowers. In the spring, grass often becomes very green, looks healthy and grows fast. Flowers bloom. I love hiking in areas with abundant wildflowers! But, as the seasons change and summer heat comes, the grass begins to change. It doesn’t grow as fast. If not watered properly the grass can turn brown, wither and die. Many flowers stop blooming. The effects of heat take their toll!
That has what has happened in churches all across this nation. It is now that people know more and knowledge runs rampant, it can be checked and double checked and the things that happen bring heat to churches and people are now running towards feel good churches.
The church may fall because of???
The word of God will continue. This morning we can give thanks for not only God’s great mercy but…
- the Word.
- His Word
God’s Word which endures forever…
It was mercy, mere mercy, that the gospel was sent among us the Gentiles. It was a merciful kindness prevailing towards us and in it the truth of the Lord.
His promise made unto the Patriarchs and to the fathers, endures for ever; for, though the Jewish nation became hardened towards God and because they cast out their Messiah, yet the promise took its effect in us, the believing Gentiles.
- God’s mercy is the fountain of all our comforts
- God’s truth the foundation of all our hopes
Therefore for both we must praise the Lord today.