Psalms 9:1

""I will praise thee, O Lord."" 
              — Psalms 9:1

Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth’s
gratitude rises when the sun of heaven’s love warms the ground. Hath
the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined his ear to the voice of
thy supplication? Then praise him as long as thou livest. Let the ripe
fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Deny not
a song to him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee the desire of
thy heart. To be silent over God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of
ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they
had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the
healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit
ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the
growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite
our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful and invigorating
exercise which quickens the pulse of the believer, and nerves him for
fresh enterprises in his Master’s service. To bless God for mercies
received is also the way to benefit our fellow-men; ""the humble shall
hear thereof and be glad."" Others who have been in like circumstances
shall take comfort if we can say, ""Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and
let us exalt his name together; this poor man cried, and the Lord heard
him."" Weak hearts will be strengthened, and drooping saints will be
revived as they listen to our ""songs of deliverance."" Their doubts and
fears will be rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs. They too shall ""sing in the ways of the
Lord,"" when they hear us magnify his holy name. Praise is the most
heavenly of Christian duties. The angels pray not, but they cease not
to praise both day and night; and the redeemed, clothed in white robes,
with palm-branches in their hands, are never weary of singing the new
song, ""Worthy is the Lamb.""

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    July 7, 2011

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