Christianity Articles - Mighty Acts are here and Psalm 150
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Obviously the focus of this is on praising the Lord.
The psalm highlights how we praise Him in the certain context, such as in the sanctuary.
It also highlights that there are ways to praise him, with particular instruments, in song, in dance, or in some unique way that acts as an accompaniment to mindful praise of the Lord.
In terms of possible personal applications of the psalm verse 2 is key.
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness
This verse clearly applies to the here and now with an understanding that mighty acts of the Lord will be conferred upon individuals or groups of people as well as all of creation.
From the point of view of the person or persons who athe ones who benefit from the mighty acts, it is probably more important that these mighty acts happen and the praise would be their part, which is probably a smaller part.
The mighty act of parting the Red Sea was a big deal in the moment in terms of the freedom of those who were being pursued by enemies. The praise for this might not have needed to take place right in these moments of time but the presence of the mighty acts where needed right at those very moments of time.
The view of this psalm, is that, whether it was right then and there or later upon consideration, the mighty act or acts, would be understood as an intervention from the hand of the Lord directed to them.
The praise given would be in the context of the proposition that God exists and He does bring about mighty acts that are not randomly directed but clearly directed to the paths of individuals.
So the praise in a sense would not be a blind praise but would come out of the understanding of the presence of the Lord within these mighty acts and the praise would come forth out of an understanding or belief that this is what has happened, is happening, or will happen.
Mighty acts could occur, but the beholder or beneficiary might believe that this was a random or chance action, or good luck, and that what has happened is not out of the designs of the hand of the Lord.
The praise given is in contemplation of that presence of the Lord quite specifically directed towards you and that the acts where mighty, more so in the category of something that would always be beyond your personal reach or anything you could do something about on your own.
There will be seen and experienced quite specifically mighty acts of the Lord. Actions that are coming directly from the hand of the Lord, that is known and can be seen as mighty.
The power and the presence of the acttions, might be as strong as the parting of the Red Sea for you, but of a different nature and kind in terms of action as the Lord meets you were you are and you aren't by the Red Sea fleeing an army of chariots.
Of course there will be miracles and wonders but these actions don't have to fit precise definitions.
This is quite encouraging in that depending on what situations we may be facing, we may need the intervention of mighty acts from the Lord. The acts meet with the situations we might be facing, particular troubles and issues that can have a personal nature.
In these actions it is the greatness and excellence of the Lord that is shining though and nothing else out there can match it.
Yet as great as these actions are, they are as in plain sight as the ways the noonday sun would highlight what is right in front of you. Therefore you can be on the lookout for these mighty actions possibly being occuring with an understanding that mighty acts are included as part of the walk of the believer in the here and now and of course these acts may about through the intevening prayers of the believer for others who are not in the know..
The words highlighted in verse 2 which state for ‘his mighty acts "are indicative of actions that may have already occurred, actions that are here right now, or that will be coming.
While we don't know precisely what the actions this psalm was referring to, we know the acts are and will be mighty and that the actions will take place towards those who believe and are in relationship to him or also emanate out of the sovereignty of the Lord, who does what he pleases for all.
While it is always an unpredictable course, the expection is that you can expect mighty actions and more than one of them as your travel along.
People do have their own agenda and mark their paths by them, but there must be an inclusion in this agenda that mighty acts might take place and there can be room to adjust, change, or grow in experiencing the newness that might be brought about by these mighty acts.
When you get what these might acts might be, it could be representative of new and previously uncomtemplated hope and dreams and aliveness that could have never been brought forth but for these mighty acts.
When contemplating these mighty acts and what they might be, also consider the possible unknown results of intercessions and how these may bring about might acts of the Lord for others in other places abd for other people which warrant praise.
But also more personally, mighty acts that are bestowed directly upon you, which could be say mighty acts of healing, mighty acts of restoration, mighty acts of being set free from the bondage of difficulties and so forth.
While, thanksgiving is always warranted and always called for, praise is a somewhat different branch and when you come into the presence of the Lord's mighty acts which become quite clear, the specific response that is called forth in this psalm is to praise Him and praise Him for the mighty action in its uniqueness and its wondrous presence to either you or others.
At number 150, this is the last psalm listed in the book of psalms. Symbolically, there would be and will be more mighty acts including into and throught this era and to the individual believer in the here and now and in the wider world at large..
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord is the concluding verse of the last psalm and this means that everybody will have cause to praise the Lord as they behold his mighty actsand contemplate his presence within this mighty acts and the personal nature of them..
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