“Praise the Lord!” is the theme and focus of the book of Psalms. It is the expressed theme and focus of Psalm 115. This composition begins with “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth” (v. 1) and ends with “The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord! (vv. 17-18). Of the myriad of reasons for worshiping the great I AM, the composer of Psalm 115 chose these three:
- His uniqueness (vv. 3-8). Unlike idols with useless mouths, eyes, ears, noses, hands, and feet, Jehovah is self-existent and independent. He is in heaven and does whatever He pleases. He is in a league all His own.
- His help and protection (vv. 9-11). To the nation, family, and person who trusts in Him, He is their help and shield.
- His generosity (vv. 12-16). He is ever mindful of His people and will bless them, both small and great. The creator of heaven and earth blesses those who serve Him.
Praise the Lord!