Praise Him You Who Fear The Lord

Daily God Walk for Saturday, November 5, 2011

 I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! – Psalm 22:22-23

 I can see David addressing an assembly of the people who have gathered to praise and worship God. In a tone of prayer he cries out, “I will declare your name to my brothers,” and I can hear the great congregation erupt in praise as he speaks.

Then he turns to the people and says, “You who fear the Lord, praise Him!” and there is a mighty roar of praise from the people. O, to have been there!

In our verses today David gives three aspects of giving thanks to God; praise, honor and revere. Let’s take a brief look at each of these words, then let us follow David’s instruction. 

  • Praise: halal – to boast in. David is calling those who live in faith to boast in the goodness of God.
  • Honor: kabad – weighty or heavy. To give credence to or to give much weight to. A few years ago in a political contest the question of “gravitas” came up. Gravitas means having weighty judgment and being able to carry the load. We give God the glory (kabad) when we give him credit for carrying the load for us.
  • Revere: gur – stand in awe of. King James Version translates gur as fear. When we consider the nature of God we stand in awe of him – we revere him.

In this passage we are being called to have a reverential fear of God and to boast in his goodness as we acknowledge his glory and weighty judgment. All of this inspires us to revere him. We stand in awe of his glory as we praise him for his mighty works.

Just yesterday I was in prayer with someone who was making a commitment of their life to Christ. As we prayed together we were overwhelmed by the glory of the Lord as we were awed by His marvelous grace. And yes, we did praise Him.

 Prayer: My Lord, I do praise, honor and revere you. Amen.

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