BCL Grow: "Bless Your Name Forever" — Psalm 145:1-2
Psalm 145:1-2 (Grace)
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I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever. — Psalm 145:1-2
“Those who are patterns of mercy should be trumpets of praise. O long to be in heaven, where your thanksgivings shall be purer and shall be raised a note higher.” — Thomas Watson, All Things for Good, p. 119.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Why do Christians praise God? What are you thankful for right now?
2. Know: If salvation is up to you, if you are the cause of your salvation, then you have reason to boast, to praise yourself. Yet, Scripture teaches that God is sovereign in salvation. Your redemption is all of grace—it is a gift of God—not wages that can be earned by anything you do. God’s lovingkindness, mercy, compassion, and power are the reasons he saves a people for himself. Love is who he is. And if you have saving faith in his son, Christ Jesus, it is because God has set his favor on you, not because of anything in you but because he chooses to love you! Therefore, praise him with thanksgiving now and forevermore.
3. Respond: Read the entirety of Psalm 145. Hear the psalmist sing about God, as he declares the reason he will praise him forever and ever. Like the writer of this psalm, keep your heart, mind, and soul focused on God in all you say and do. Praise God forever!