This sermon is a companion to three previous sermons: Blessed Be the Most High God - Genesis 14:19-20
The Most High Ruleth - Daniel 4:32
The Most High Uttereth His Voice - 2 Samuel 22:14
Psalm 7:17 reads, “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” The Lord our God, as the most high God, is indeed worthy of our worship, praise, and thanksgiving. Yes, “it is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,” and to sing praises unto His holy name. (Psalm 92:1) He is the Most High, and He is worthy. Therefore, we should commit ourselves daily to lift up our praise with our whole heart unto the name of the LORD most high. Even so, through a study within the book of the Psalms, let us consider five aspects in which the Lord our God, as the most high God, is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.
The Lord our God, the most high God, is worthy of praise for His righteousness.
In the opening portion of Psalm 7:17, the man of God David declared, “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness.” Yet this declaration is the conclusion to David’s prayer unto the Lord. Even so, in verses 6-16 David lifted up his prayer, saying, “Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he [the wicked individual] turn not, he [the Lord our God] will whet his sword; he [the Lord our God] hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He [the Lord our God] hath also prepared for him [for the wicked individual] the instruments of death; he [the Lord our God] ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he [the wicked individual] travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He [the wicked individual] made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.” Then in verse 17 David made his commitment, saying, “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” Herein David was committing himself to praise the Lord for and according to the Lord’s righteous judgment and righteous deliverance. With the opening line of verse 8, David recognized that “the LORD shall judge the people.” Again with the closing line of verse 9, he recognized that “the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.” Thus in verse 10 David expressed his trust in the Lord his God as his defense, having full assurance that the Lord our God is a God “which saveth the upright in heart.” Furthermore, in verse 11 David expressed his full assurance of faith that the Lord our God “judgeth [that is – provides just deliverance for] the righteous,” and that He “is angry with the wicked every day.” Indeed, we should praise the Lord our God, the most high God, according to His righteousness, for His righteous deliverance of the upright and for His righteous judgment upon the wicked. He is worthy!
The Lord our God, the most high God, is worthy of praise for His protection.
In Psalm 9:1-2 the man of God David declared, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” For what then did David make this commitment to praise the Lord with his whole heart? What marvelous works of the Lord did he commit himself to show forth? For what had he been made glad and joyful in the Lord? In verses 3-14 he continued, saying, “When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: that I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.” Herein David was committing himself to praise the Lord for His protection of His faithful servants. In verses 9-10 David proclaimed with full assurance of faith, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Thus in verse 11 he declared, “Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” Again in the closing portion of verse 12, David expressed his assurance in the Lord, saying, “He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” Thus in the opening portion verse 13, David express his burden of prayer, saying, “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble.” And in verse 14 he expressed his commitment of praise, saying, “That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.” Indeed, we should give praise unto the Lord our God, the most high God, for his marvelous work of help and refuge in times of trouble for those who faithfully walk in fellowship with Him. He is worthy!
The Lord our God, the most high God, is worthy of praise for His almighty power.
In Psalm 21:7 the man of God David declared, “For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.” Then in verse 13 he proclaimed, “Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.” In verses 1-6 David revealed the first aspect of the Lord’s almighty power that moved his to praise, saying, “The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.” Herein David rejoiced in the Lord’s almighty power to deliver and bless His own. Then in verses 8-12 David revealed the second aspect of the Lord’s almighty power that moved him to praise, saying, “Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.” Herein David praised the Lord for His almighty power to judge and destroy the wicked. There is no force or enemy that can stand victoriously against the almighty power of the Lord our God, the most high God. There is no force or enemy that can stop His almighty hand from delivering and blessing His own when He moves to do so. And there is no force or enemy that stop His almighty hand from judging and destroying the wicked when He moves to do so. Indeed, we should give praise unto the Lord our God, the most high God, for His almighty power, whereby He does whatever He pleases in heaven and in earth. He is worthy!
The Lord our God, the most high God, is worthy of praise for His eternal sovereignty.
In Psalm 47:1-2 the psalmist declared, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.” Again in verses 5-8 he declared, “God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.” The Lord our God, the most high God, is “the King of all the earth.” Yea, “He is a great King over all the earth.” He rules and reigns over all the earth from “the throne of his holiness.” He rules and reigns in absolute righteousness. Indeed, we should give praise unto the Lord our God, the most high God, for His eternal sovereignty as King over all who rules in holiness. He is worthy!
The Lord our God, the most high God, is worthy of praise for His faithful lovingkindness.
In Psalm 92:1-5 the psalmist declared, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep.” So then, what was the work of faithful lovingkiness that the Lord had bestowed upon the psalmist? In verses 10-15 he declared, “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Through His faithful lovingkindness, our Lord causes His faithful servants to be established, to grow, to flourish, to be fruitful, and to be blessed, even unto and in their old age. Indeed, the Lord our God is a faithful rock for His faithful servants. Indeed, we should praise the Lord our God, the most high God, for His ever faithful lovingkindness unto His own faithful servants. He is worthy!
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