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- Aspects of God’s Being
- Aspects of God’s Character
- What God Does in the World
- What God Does for His People
The Bible is bulging with good reasons for which to exalt God. Generally speaking, these compelling reasons or things for which to exalt God, concern what God is like and what he does.
[Paul, to believers:] Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, 21to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NET
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! 34For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? … 36… To him be glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-34, 36b NET
God’s holiness – in which he is set apart from all others in his purity and righteousness – should evoke awe, praise and worship.
[David, to God:] I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master! I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 10For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, and your faithfulness reaches the clouds. Psalms 57:9-10 NET
This has in view what God has done for all people through Christ.
Offer to the Lord a song of thanks! Sing praises to our God to the accompaniment of a harp! 8He covers the sky with clouds, provides the earth with rain, and causes grass to grow on the hillsides. 9He gives food to the animals, and to the young ravens when they chirp. Psalms 147:7-9 NET
[John, describing a vision:] Then I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the All–Powerful, reigns! Revelation 19:6 NET
“Hallelujah” is a call to praise God, often used itself as an expression of praise to God.
[Zechariah, speaking of the salvation that would come through Jesus:] Praise the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come to save his people. 69Our God has given us a mighty Savior from the family of David his servant. Luke 1:68-69 CEV
The phrase “in the heavenly world” may be indicating that the blessings are ones that we will experience in the afterlife. Alternatively, the phrase is possibly emphasizing the heavenly and eternal dimension of spiritual blessings that we have now.
[Peter, to believers:] You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NET
At that time they [God’s people at the end of the age] will say, “Look, here is our God! We waited for him and he delivered us. Here is the Lord! We waited for him. Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!” Isaiah 25:9 NET