Praise the Lord! (Psalm 149:1)
An exclamation point is used at the end of a sentence or phrase to make an emphatic declaration or command.
The opening sentence of Psalm 149 concludes with such a mark. Humanity was created by God and exists for his purposes and desires. Praising him is our highest call and greatest goal. Certainly worship is an honor and privilege, but additionally a command to observe. This song reveals the palmist’s overwhelming love and admiration for God.
These opening words are filled with deep emotions of conviction, joy, passion, and internal fulfillment. No quiet introduction easing into an eventual crescendo. No, this song immediately bursts open with power and energy to declare God’s praise, and this should be our heart’s theme as well.
Lord, you are the center of all things and the center of my life. You have designed me to find my identity, purpose, value, and worth in you. My heart finds deep solace knowing I am created by for you. I am set apart to praise you in all things. You are life’s source, my source, and so my heart burst forth this morning in praise to you! Amen.
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”