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Reason for Hallelujah!

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Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise? (Psalm 106:1-2)

 

In the Name of Jesus…

Hallelujah! This is the word that means, “Praise the Lord.” The psalmist in this section begins this way. And he continues, by also giving the reason, to give thanks…Because the Lord, Yahweh (also pronounced Jehovah), is good.

How is the Lord good? “His mercy endures forever.” This means that as long as God’s mercy is, He is good. And God’s mercy is forever! Therefore, God is good-forever!

As the psalmist praises and give thanks for the Lord’s goodness, for His enduring mercy (in Christ, i.e. Matthew 9:13), so do His people, for His people know themselves to be sinners and seek His grace and forgiveness in Christ. They give thanks to the Lord, not because they merit the things that they have or have somehow been blessed more than others, but because all they have is gift from the gracious God Himself. They know Him to be good on account of the Word He declares, the forgiveness He gives, His Son, Jesus, whom He sent.

God’s people find comfort, not in the things of this life, but in the Giver of the things of this life, who, above all else, offered Himself in death on the cross (Mark 10:45). To Him alone they give thanks, “for His mercy endures forever.” Amen.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Giver of all good gifts, thank you for providing for all of our needs of body and soul and for giving us what we don’t deserve, and for not giving us what we do deserve. Forgive us for our selfishness and for taking you for granted, as well for our misuse of your blessings. Give us grateful hearts and help us to live according to your Word, trusting in Your Son, who on the cross gave Himself for our salvation, and open our mouths that, with the Psalmist, we utter Your mighty acts and declare Your praise. Amen.

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Reason to Give Thanks

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Psalm 30:11-12, NKJ

In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

The writer of Ecclesiastes, in the third chapter, begins by writing, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  In the same chapter, speaking of the times, he says that there is, “A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

The Psalmist spoke of such a time.  He had mourned.  He had grieved in sackcloth.  Yet his grief was turned to gladness.  His mourning was turned into dancing.

These things did not become so because of or on account of the Psalmist.  He doesn’t say, “I have turned” or “I have put off.”  No!  He says, “You,” meaning the Lord his God.   The Lord his God had turned for him his mourning into dancing.  The Lord his God had put off his sackcloth and had clothed him with gladness.

This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23).

The Lord had heard the prayers and petitions of His servant for mercy and help (Psalm 30:10).  And the Lord answered him.

The Psalmist David implored of the Lord with confidence, not doubting (see James 1:5-8).  He didn’t pray by saying, “Lord, if you’re there, hear.”  He didn’t say, “Lord, if you can help, please do.”  Rather, David prayed with a confidence that trusted in the God who is faithful to His promises and steadfast to His Word.

God had given David such confidence.  And God gives such confidence to you, for in Jesus, you have nothing but the certainty of God’s mercy towards you.  Now you have peace with God (Romans 5:1).  And having this peace with God through Jesus Christ means that you also have reason for continually Him giving thanks and praise and for singing in your heart to the Lord.

Though your circumstances remain the same or not, the Lord is ever faithful to His Word.  The change from having bitterness in the heart to giving endless thanks to the Lord is not dependent on circumstances, but a changed heart, a heart changed by God, by means of His Holy Word.  And by means of God’s Word, even the Word made flesh (John 1:14), you always have reason to rejoice and give thanks, even through times of grieving and mourning.  Times of joy and dancing will come, but not at your time—in the Lord’s.  Amen.

Prayer: Lord God, keep me confident of your promises and nothing but sure of Your faithfulness to Your Holy Word.  Help me to bear my crosses while waiting only on you and trusting solely in Your Word, praying, “Thy will be done.”  Amen.

Sing to the Lord!

St. Paul the Apostle writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). Christians sing to the Lord, praising and glorifying His blessed Name. Christ’s church confesses Him who died and rose again on the third day according to the Holy Scriptures. She proclaims His praises and in her song, sings His Word and doctrine.

For some bible references, both in the Old Testament and in the New, of selective words, please see the pdf.

Song,Singer,music,hymn.pdf

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