All Praise To God

Brent Young, Associate Pastor of Students & Outreach
The Israelites were surrounded by a world that through time drifted away from their true creator and created and believed in many different gods. But the only one true God always preserved at least a remnant of His followers to be a light to the rest of the world. We saw this with Noah as well as Abraham’s decedents who would be the people of Israel who God would use to continue to reveal Himself to the world. And the church today is the expanded new Israel.
All praise can and should be given to God, not simply because it is demanded or asked of us by some powerful higher being, but because of who He is and has always demonstrated to His creation. We base it on the results of His good actions, His “marvelous deeds”, that are evidenced through all of time and creation. When we take the time to look back at all the good things He’s done, we can’t help but be grateful. And God delights in His creation praising Him, and sharing about His goodness with the world around us.
This verse is echoed by John the Baptist’s father Zechariah when he said in Luke 1:68: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant”. Of all the deeds of God, there is perhaps none greater than the eternal redemption that was provided through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of His person in the Son who provided our salvation. And in that we should not stop praising God for such an immeasurable and undeserved gift.