"PRAISE THE LORD!"
A single phrase rings out as the beginning of Psalm 147 is read. There is no “if” “and” or “but” as the psalmist compels the people to praise the LORD. Maybe as we read this phrase we think, “Why would I praise the LORD? Look at what’s happening in the world/my life/my family.” Read further to gain some perspective.
“The LORD (Jehovah) builds up Jerusalem (His people); He gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit (He understands you!).
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. “
In a couple of simple phrases we read of a God who knows us by name, gathers us together, and heals our broken hearts and wounds. He is personal. He looks at you! He is good.
So often when we are commanded to be thankful we need a change of perspective. Instead of looking at God, we often choose to look to ourselves. Maybe its time for a change of perspective. Our God will take care of the details. We must simply trust in Him!