After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name… Mat. 6:9
How often do you think the Name of the Lord should be “hallowed”, or praised? How often do you praise Him? The Psalmist wrote:
“1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. 3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Ps. 113:1-4
From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord’s Name is to be praised.
If you were to begin praising the Lord since the day you were born and if you continually praised Him until the day that you died (let’s assume at a ripe old age) what a joy that would be! One of the unspeakable benefits that you would reap out of such an enterprise is that there would be no place for you to grumble, complain or backbite, all which are works of the flesh and which highly displease God. Blessed is the man who can rise up every morning with praise on his tongue and who continues to praise throughout the day.
But the real blessing in praising God every second of your life is that you would be doing the most important task that any man can engage in, which is to acknowledge, to praise, and to adore, and to uplift the Name of the Living God.
And why, pray, all this praise? It is because our God is so great and worthy… The Psalmist says of Him:
“4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, 6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!” (Ps. 113:4-6)
Notice that the glory of the Lord is above the heavens. But (v.6) the Lord humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
It is an incredible grace that you and I can even find ourselves praising the Lord and that our praises should reach Him. NOTHING supersedes this in our relationship with God. One of the extraordinary attributes that the Lord has is humility – the humility to give us His attention. We should continuously thank the Lord for that. If the Lord did not have that quality, we would be lost forever for no man is worthy to stand in the Lord’s presence. No man, I say. It is a grace and an honor that our praises can be heard by the great God Jehovah.
And so it was that when the apostles asked the Lord to teach them how to pray, the first thing that the Lord taught them was to acknowledge the greatness of our God. God the Father is so much worthy to be praised.
Hallelujah! Forever and ever and ever His praises are to ring out from every corner of the earth.