BLESSED be the Shem of Yahweh FOREVER – 6

Subject: The living will bless Yahweh now and forever

Psalm 115:17-18 

The dead praise not Yahweh, neither any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless Yahweh now and forever. Praise Yahweh.

One thing that strikes us in the Psalms is that the Psalmists are constantly concerned to pray for God's Shem from beginning to end in their prayers. 

The beginning prayer of Psalm 115 opens with: “Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, to Your Name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness. ” 

God is full of compassion and faithfulness when He relates to us. 
Do we also give glory to God's Name when we experience God's goodness?

  • The Psalmist exhorts the Israelites to trust in the One true God whose Name is Yahweh (Psa 115:9,10, 11) and not to bow down to idols that cannot speak, cannot hear, cannot see, and cannot walk. (Psa 115:4-8)
  • Yes, we put our faith in Yahweh, the Living God. Yes, we bless and worship only the Living God, Yahweh.

At the end of the Psalm, it says that "the dead cannot praise Yahweh." Psalm 115:17.

  • While we live today, we must praise and bless Yahweh for His love and faithfulness towards us, and give glory to His Name. 
  • One day, when we die and enter into the grave, we cannot praise God. 

In the past few months, a total of 9 of my close friends, loved ones, and family members died one after another. When I went to their funerals, I am reminded of the times that we used to praise God together in worship. Now, the departed dead cannot praise God anymore. But such time is only temporary for God's children, because one day, we will all rise up again with a resurrected body; then on that day, we will praise and bless Yahweh again together.

1.  This is why the Psalmists always say that we can bless Yahweh now and FOREVER. 
2.  We have faith for a resurrected body to praise God in eternity also.

Please take note again that this prayer in Psalm 115 ends with this same important message: 
We will bless Yahweh now and forever.

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