“The Length and Height of Our Praise” (Ready to Worship S3E6)

 

ReadyToWorship
Season 3, Episode 6
For Friday, February 26, 2016
“The Length and Height of Our Praise”

HOST: Wade Webster

 

 

Show Notes:

The Levites in Nehemiah’s day instructed the people to stand and to bless the name of the Lord “for ever and ever” (Neh. 9:5). They then proceeded to speak of God’s name as being “exalted above all blessing and praise”(Neh. 9:5).

Two things stand out in these inspired instructions: the length of our praise and the height of our praise. Even at our best, we will fall short in both of these areas. We will never praise God long enough or high enough to match His great name. Yet, we must strive to do both.

 

Episode Transcript:

The Levites in Nehemiah’s day instructed the people to stand and to bless the name of the Lord “for ever and ever” (Neh. 9:5). They then proceeded to speak of God’s name as being “exalted above all blessing and praise”(Neh. 9:5). 

Two things stand out in these inspired instructions: the length of our praise and the height of our praise. Even at our best, we will fall short in both of these areas. We will never praise God long enough or high enough to match His great name. 

First, let’s consider the length of our praise. We are to praise God “for ever and ever” (Neh. 9:5). We will never reach a point in time when we have praised God long enough. If we praised Him all day every day, He would still be worthy of more. If we praised him all day every day, He would still not be indebted to us. Jesus declared, “Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Lk. 17:9-10). God does not need to thank us for worshipping Him on Sunday. We have merely done what it is our duty to do. We will need eternity (for ever and ever) to give him the praise that He truly deserves. 

Second, let’s consider the height of our praise. God’s name is glorious. It is “exalted above all blessing and praise” (Neh. 9:5). Not only will we never praise God long enough, we will never praise Him high enough. The highest praise will fall far below his glory. On one occasion, the psalmist asked, “Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?” (Psa. 106:2). Of course, the answer is that no one can show forth all God’s praise. He is above all blessing and praise. Although we are sure to fall short, we should fill our mouths with the highest praises we can. The psalmist declared, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand” (Psa. 149:6). 

As we get ready to worship this week, let’s remember the greatness of God. We worship a God that we can never worship long enough or high enough. 

 

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