Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. (Psalm 111)
Praise In Four Part Harmony
Today is a day of worship. As people of God we gather on this day to celebrate and commemorate the wonderful grace of God. When we sing our hymns today in four-part harmony, let us remember why we have assembled.
- The SOPRANO part of our praise is simply that – Praise the LORD! Today is a day we give our whole heart to praise Him with all the saints who gather to worship. There is joy in being part of the congregation of the holy elect. Beloved. Praise the Lord.
- The ALTO part of our praise exalts the works of the Lord. We stand in wonder at His majesty declared by His works. There is beauty with design when we see God’s hand in this word. Opening the word of God we find righteousness filling the pages of His grace. His compassion flows as a gentle stream throughout the message of redemption. Praise the Lord.
- The TENOR part of our praise is thankful for His kind provisions. How can we ever repay the Lord for His providential care of us? He remembers the covenants He has made with His people and how He will never leave them. We see His power. We witness His presence in our lives. Praise the Lord.
- The BASS part of our praise deepens to the knowledge of who He is – Holy and Awesome. Through the tones of majesty the Lord shines forth as the eternal wisdom revealed to man. Honor and praise fill our hearts in honor of our God. Praise the Lord.
Let today be a day of preparation. Set your mind and hearts on what today means. Enjoy the fellowship of saints lifting their voices to Him who loved us and gave us His Son. Reflect on the sacrifice of His Son who died for us. Anxiously long for His return to take us home to be with Him. Then we can PRAISE the Lord throughout eternity. Praise the Lord. Lord come quickly.
We preach not one advent only of Christ, but a second also, far more glorious than the former. For the former gave to view His patience but the latter brings with it the Crown of the divine kingdom. (Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, 350)