I love how one Bible verse will remind us of another Bible verse because of a particular word/phrase or the general idea/theme. It’s interesting to follow the connections! As you read, you will see how my mind works. What verses come to your mind?
1 Praise the Lord!
How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord! —
2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
— Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem!”
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
4 He counts the stars
and calls them all by name.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; I cannot attain it.
6 The Lord supports the humble,
but he brings the wicked down into the dust.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
7 Sing out your thanks to the Lord;
sing praises to our God with a harp.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
9 He gives food to the wild animals
and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse
or in human might.
11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.
(2 Chronicles 16:9)
12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates
and blessed your children within your walls.
Then Jesus took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
14 He sends peace across your nation
and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.
For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything.
15 He sends his orders to the world—
how swiftly his word flies!
16 He sends the snow like white wool;
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.
17 He hurls the hail like stones.
Who can stand against his freezing cold?
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
18 Then, at his command, it all melts.
He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.
Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
19 He has revealed his words to Jacob,
his decrees and regulations to Israel.
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.”
20 He has not done this for any other nation;
they do not know his regulations.
Praise the Lord!
Putting this entry together was a joyful exercise for me! And so, in the same vein, I give you one of the “funnest” praise songs I know! HERE is Ernie Haase and the Signature Sound with “Can He, Could He, Would He?”
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