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July 12, 1993

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Proclaim among the nations what he has done. PSALM 9:11
Human beings are no strangers to proclamations. It’s one of the things that we’ve done best through the ages and something we seem to have perfected in the last century.
Heads of state—especially kings and would-be kings—have a long history of proclaiming their authority and their directives. Governing bodies, from city councils to Congress, proclaim certain days as special or certain citizens as worthy of honor. Associations honor their members. The military honors its heroes. And business honors its products and services.
Marketing and advertising have been developed into an art form. Companies proclaim both the practical and superficial advantages of their products. Individuals have learned to market their personal skills and talents. John Doe can be as much of a brand as Coca-Cola is.
The Scriptures don’t issue a ban on advertisements or promotions, but they remind us, over and over, that nothing is more worthy of praise than the God Who has chosen to redeem a fallen world. Talk about a message that deserves a billboard on the busiest highway!
Psalm 9 opens with a phrase common in the Psalter: “I will praise you.” Praise, as it is described in the psalms, was rarely a private display of adoration. Praise didn’t just involve a man on his knees and God in His heaven. It often took place at the Temple during a very public celebration.
Are you proclaiming God’s name in His Temple? Are you proclaiming His name to the assemblies of your life? Are you creatively, compassionately, and respectfully telling others what God has done in your life? Or do you think praise is something just between you and God?

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