“Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen” (Romans 9:5, NLT).

I just returned from a convention (see my other blog) where there was a whole lot of clapping going on. We clapped for the presenters, for what they presented and sometimes just because we were happy to be there. Putting our hands together for someone or something shows we approve, appreciate, celebrate and cheer. A few times, we accompanied our clapping with a standing ovation and even a little dancing.

In the Bible, the phrase “worthy of praise” appears often in regard to God. Like me, you may read right past it or simply mentally assent and keep going. But in this sad, troubled world, it’s worth taking time to linger over what it means, on who God is and how he is worthy of praise. The Amplified Bible says he is exalted and supreme over all. He is the all-powerful ruler of the universe, the one who conquered sin and death—I could go on all day, and maybe I should! Maybe we all should go on all day, every day, shouting bravissimo to our great God!

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