Pray and Praise


Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. - Psalm 119:164
Psalm 119:164
Pray and Praise

Picture courtesy of The Cloistered Heart

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible. The Old Testament reading for today in the Lectionary is at Terce this morning and is from Psalm 119. It is said of this Psalm that, “He that shall read it considerately, it will either warm him or shame him.”

Psalm 119 is set out differently from any of the other Psalms it is divided into 22 parts, according to the number of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each part consisting of 8 verses the part we are looking at is classed as Sin and Shin which is verses 161-168. This includes the verse that is important to Prayer 7s (vs 164) and was the basis for the frame that we set out here in this website.

In Psalm 119 is hidden treasure – if you mull over each verse you will find at its heart a different thought. The one here that I am focusing on is the fact that David praised God not merely once a week in Church/Temple/Synagogue but every day – and not just every day but often throughout the day. For if you praise God at every meal and often throughout the day, God will honour you always with more blessings for which to praise him. I like the way that Matthew Henry’s concordance puts it:

Praising God is a duty which we should very much abound in. We must praise God at every meal, praise him upon all occasions, in everything give thanks. We should praise God seven times a day, for the subject can never be exhausted and our affections should never be tired.

David says to praise God for “his righteous laws”. I like the way ‘The Message Bible’ puts it. Praise Him for the ‘way He keeps everything running right'. It reminds me that the universal laws, like gravity and the laws of physics are also laws that God put in place. He designed the laws of space and time, the laws that hold the universe together and created matter, our material world, and us. I actually love the way Science, explains how God did what he did, one day I think all the scientists will know that too, (Every knee shall bow.) Being Sabbath tonight – many people will be thanking God for his creation of our world and our universe, don’t forget that Jesus was also a part of that Creation.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-4

Have a wonderful Sabbath – Shabbat Shalom.