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Thought for the Day by Simon James-Morse (Minister of Goldstone Church)
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible. In Hebrew, it is only 16 words: in English, 29 words (NIV). Yet it is an essential part of “Great Hallel” (Psalms 113-118); psalms that are a significant part of the Jewish Passover celebration. These six psalms are sung as part of the Passover liturgy, when families ate the Passover meal and remembered their heritage; they were saved from slavery and bondage. One of these psalms would have been the ‘hymn’ that Jesus and His disciples sang at the end of the Last Supper (Matthew 26:30).
Psalm 117 starts and ends with the phrase, “Praise the Lord”. This is our English translation of a single Hebrew word, “Hallelu-Yah”. ‘Yah’ is a short version of the name of God.
‘Hallelu’ is an imperative instruction – it is a verb meaning “to praise”. It is not a statement or an exclamation, but an insisting command for all of God’s people. “Hallelujah” (Praise the Lord) appears 28 times in the book of psalms, and is usually followed by the reason why we should praise.
At the moment, circumstances seem to make it difficult to find a reason to Praise the Lord. However, in these times, it is even more important for us to join with King David and declare, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
Dear Lord, help me to understand afresh just how much You are worthy of our praise. Irrespective of the circumstances I face today, I choose to praise You because all that You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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