Bible Study Week 2, Holy is thy Name!

 February 19, 2013

Week 2  – Hallowed be thy Name
Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving
Praise – 8, 19, 29, 33, 100, 103, 104, 111, 113, 114, 117, 135, 136, 145, 146, 147, 148, 140, 150
Thanksgiving – 9, 30, 34, 40, 41, 65, 66, 67, 68, 92, 107, 116, 118, 124, 138
                When we see a beautiful sunrise, a work of art, or experience a moving play or liturgy, we talk about it, even when we say there are no words.  There is that within us that needs to speak words of praise. 
            C.S. Lewis tells us:  “I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise.  We delight to praise what we enjoy.”  And we urge others to join us in praise.  After our sports team wins, Facebook is full of comments as we share our momentary pleasure.  How much more reason to share our joy in the Lord!
            We praise God not because God needs our praise but because we need it.  We need to shout from the mountain tops the wonder of God’s loving kindness.
            Praise requires that we recognize who God is, God’s greatness.  We have reason to pray “Holy is your name!”  You would think our worship services would be filled with enthusiastic acclamations of praise but far too often our words fall flat.  Our prayers become rote memorizations bereft of the power of meaning.
            Praise is central to the Psalms.  The early Christian community knew its need to praise God for the beauty of creation (8, 18, 29, 104 & 108) and for God’s providential care for his people, especially for his loving kindness (hesed) and fidelity and truth (emit).  Each of the five sections of the Psalms end with words of praise, with the final section exploding in a symphony of praise that starts with Psalm 145 and comes to a grand conclusion in Psalm 150.
            Partnered with the Psalms of praise are the Psalms of Thanksgiving.  Cognitive psychologists know that as we think so we feel.  Thinking about all that our God has done and giving thanks can raise our spirits.  It’s hard to remain downcast when focusing on our blessings.  Giving thanks every day can lead to an attitude of gratitude that recognizes all life as gift.  The Eucharist is the great thanksgiving prayer of the church, thanking God for the great gift of his Son.
            As you read through these psalms of praise and thanksgiving, focus on all of the reasons you have to praise God and give thanks.  Let the words transform you.  Our God truly is an awesome God, worthy of praise and thanksgiving!  Holy is his name!

Copyright Robertson 2/2013

2 responses to “Bible Study Week 2, Holy is thy Name!”

  1. Holy is thy Name! First off what a list of Psalms. All praise and glory to the Name of God. We have so many things to praise Him for. He has surrounded us with the works of His hands. As you mentioned there are so many times we do not have words to say. We just know in our hearts that the Lord loves us…His love is unspoken but is everywhere in all of creation. How do we tell Him how much we love the gifts He has given us. I guess first off…He knows because He can read our thoughts. It is right that we vocalize our feelings…the psalmist sum it up in one word Hallelujah! Your works are awesome! Shout with Joy! Bless the Lord all creatures and my soul. I never thought of the Our Father as a prayer of praise before, but now….well… a humble man how can we not want to praise Him for all that He has created and blessed us with? We take so much for granted…but in truth we owe Him so much for we are so unworthy of all He has given and done for us. Everything that we have is a gift from God….Celebrate all the gifts the Father has bestowed on us. From the beginning of time for all ages the Father has shown His love for men. He gave us so much and we just take it all for granted…so let's pray the Our Father with real fervor …Praise, Rejoice, Celebrate, Extoll, Hope and be thankful for the gifts we have received. Put a smile on our face and show the Lord how happy we are for everything! As C. S. Lewis said “We delight to praise what we enjoy.” How very true…I guess sometimes we forget where it all came from and who we should be thanking.

  2. Mike, I appreciate your comment that you never thought of the Our Father as a prayer of praise. It is that and so much more, as we will discover as we continue our study. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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