Worthy of Praise

They praised him.

Jesus had a seat on a hill, “A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who could not speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.” Matthew goes on in 15:31, “The crowd was amazed. Those who had not been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again, and they praised the God of Israel.”

Why did they praise the Lord?

The people praised the Lord because of his acts of grace and compassion. They praised the Lord because of his character.

The people praised the Lord for the same reasons David praised the Lord in the Psalms.

Many times, in the Psalms David offers praise to the Lord. David praises the Lord because of his grace, mercy, and compassion.

David writes of many occasions in his own life when the Lord came through in a big way. As a young man, David was kept safe from Saul’s envy. As an older man, David was kept safe from a rebellion. David was offered grace amid many mistakes and wrong choices. David could not help but praise the Lord.

The people praised the Lord for the same reasons we can praise the Lord.

We can praise the Lord because of his grace and compassion. We can praise the Lord because of his character.

Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love.” Verse 9 goes on, “The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all of his creation.”

How has the Lord’s grace and compassion been visible in your life? Remember to praise him.

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