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Summary: God is worthy to be praised!

I Will Extol Thee

Psalm 145

John Shearhart

August 21, 2011

If someone were to ask me the number one goal of my preaching career I think I would say that I hope to help my listeners have a higher view of God. That would be a total success in my eyes. I hope to decrease as He increases. I don’t care too much if no one remembers me, but I hope everyone remembers the truth about my God.

It’d be a great blessing if someone said, “So, what’s the name of that preacher over there?” And someone else replied, “I don’t remember his name, but when I hear him preach I just can’t help but worship!”

Listen to this: Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, and He’s worthy to be praised.

This morning we’ve come to this little building for the sole purpose of fixing our eyes on Him and singing His praises. We haven’t come to a program; we haven’t come to find out how to make our lives better; we haven’t come because we think the preacher is a great guy—we’ve come because Jesus Christ is worthy of all our praise and adoration.

And so, I’m going to preach this message called “I Will Extol Thee”:

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

There isn’t a day that passes without this psalmist lifting God up and giving Him praise, and there’s no end in sight—it lasts forever and ever.

What does he say in his praise?

He is infinite and unsearchable (:3)

3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

The Lord isn’t just great; He’s unsearchable!

I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? 3If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? 5Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. 6Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 8Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 10Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 11Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 12Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? (Job 9:2-12)

He is praised in every generation for His majestic and terrible acts (:4-6)

4One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

People in our day want Jesus to be like that little dashboard figurine giving them a thumbs-up. They want a buddy who’ll keep them safe and bless them, but this isn’t the God we know from the Scriptures. Look and see that His acts are “terrible.”

When we hear someone say that something’s terrible we usually understand it to mean shoddy or of poor quality. But here it means something that causes fear and is revered. God isn’t some soft cuddly Santa Clause. Nehemiah 9:32 calls Him “the great, the mighty, and the terrible God.”

Isaac Watts wrote a hymn about it:

Terrible God, that reign’st on high,

How awful is Thy thund’ring hand!

Thy fiery bolts, how fierce they fly!

Nor can all earth or hell withstand.

This the old rebel angels knew,

And Satan fell beneath Thy frown;

Thine arrows struck the traitor through,

And weighty vengeance sunk him down.

This Sodom felt, and feels it still,

And roars beneath th’eternal load:

“With endless burnings who can dwell?

Or bear the fury of a God?”

Tremble ye sinners, and submit,

Throw down your arms before His throne;

Bend your heads low beneath His feet,

Or His strong hand shall crush you down.

And ye, bless’d saints, that love Him too,

With rev’rence bow before His Name;

Thus all His heav’nly servants do:

God is a bright and burning flame.

He is terrible and majestic. He deserves to be lifted higher and higher and higher and higher with no end. We can’t say enough about His glory or His awesome power.

At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. 2Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 3He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. 4After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. 5God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. 6For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 7He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. 8Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. 9Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. 10By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 12And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. 13He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. 14Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? 17How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 19Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 20Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. 21And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. 22Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. 24Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart (Job 37).

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