From the Rising of the Sun to Its Setting


Psalm 113 Modern English Version (MEV)

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its going down,
the Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations,
and His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
who dwells on high,
who looks down on the things
that are in heaven and on the earth?
He raises up the poor out of the dust
and lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
even with the princes of His people.
He gives the barren woman a dwelling,
making her the joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

What does it mean to praise the Lord? How does one do it? Out loud? Silently? In public? For me, the answer is that praising God happens within me. It happens when I acknowledge God’s claim on my life. It happens when I allow my soul to be filled with God’s Spirit. And it happens just as the Psalmist says, “from the rising of the sun to its setting.”

It is a part of my spiritual discipline to praise God, and it lifts me up from whatever depth I may be in. Praising God is a necessary part of life. So today, I praise God for my life and all that is within me. I think of the words of a song:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

So I plan to praise the Lord from the rising of the sun to its setting.

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