Ten psalms begin with the Hebrew exclamation “Hallelujah” (Psalms 106, 111, 112, 113, 135, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150); the English translation is “Praise the Lord!”. At least two of these psalms—111 and 112—are acrostic.  This means that each of their lines begins with a different Hebrew letter, starting with the first (Aleph) and ending with its twenty-second and final letter (Tau).  This is the Hebrew equivalent to the English idiom “from A to Z” and the Greek phrase “from Alpha to Omega”.

     This presents an interesting, useful, and challenging question to modern day Bible students—Have you ever stopped to literally praise God from A to Z?  Psalms 111 and 112 demonstrate that it has been done before.  Can you add your name to the list of those who have?

     I’ll help you get started; see if you can finish.

     Praise the Lord! for His…

     Abundant Affection,

     Bountiful Benevolence,

     Compassionate Care,

     Dependable Decrees…

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