Summary: God is worthy to be praised!
I Will Extol Thee
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.”