“Praise is the rehearsal of our eternal song. By grace we learn to sing, and in glory we continue to sing. What will some of you do when you get to heaven, if you go on grumbling all the way? Do not hope to get to heaven in that style. But now begin to bless the name of the Lord.”- Charles Spurgeon
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will conclude my 68th trip around the sun! So far, so good, but in all likelihood, I’ve completed most of my solar circuits.
Old people in the Bible accomplished some amazing feats! Moses led Israel until he was 120. At 85, Caleb established Hebron as his family’s inheritance. Anna served in the temple well into her 80s, and the apostle John wrote books into his 90s. Like those effective heroes, I still have things I’d like to do and goals I’d like to accomplish.
Psalms 146-150 are bookend psalms. They each begin and end with the phrase, “Praise the Lord.” The transliteration from Hebrew to English is Hallelujah! None of these psalms has a superscription indicating who wrote them or any background information – just encouragement to praise the Lord.
While contemplating goals for my remaining trips around the sun, one verse in these psalms caught my attention: “I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 146:2)
Accomplishments are fine, success and achievements are important. However, the greatest goal, from beginning to end, is to live a life of Hallelujah – a life that embodies “praise the Lord.”
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