Clap your hands and shout to God with loud songs of joy. Why? Because the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, He is the great King over all the earth.
5 times in 2 verses it says “sing praises”. Characteristics of our singing are: with clapping, with all the people (so in gatherings not just alone by ourselves), with shouting, with loud songs of joy, and with a Psalm. Why should we sing praise in all of those ways? Because the LORD is the Most High, because He is to be feared, because He is the great King of all the earth, because He subdues people under us, because He chose our heritage, because He reigns over nations, because He sits on a holy throne, because the shields of the earth belong to Him, because of all of those reasons and so many more, exalt Him! Praise Him!
3 warnings: 1) treasures gained by wickedness do not profit 2) the LORD thwarts the craving if the wicked and 3) a slack hand causes poverty.
3 blessings: 1 )righteousness delivers from death 2) the LORD does not let the righteous go hungry and 3) the hand of the diligent makes rich
There is a progression surrounding our prayer life that goes: ask, seek, knock. Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened. Does that mentality describe my prayer life? Do I pray in faith expecting to receive or do I doubt and pray as more of a ritual?
If an earthly father who is fallen and sinful and has limited power and limited resources can give good gifts to his children, how much more so is God ready and willing and able to bless His children?
Chapter 27 gives a list of actions which invite the curse if God and after each one the people say “Amen”.
Chapter 28 begins by talking about all the blessings of God that will come if the people obey.
Chapter 28 then closes with a more lengthy section detailing the curses of disobedience. The curses are just the opposite parallels the blessings. Unfortunately as you read through the curses you can see that they disobeyed because later in Israel’s history these things happen to them.
“…the words of this law are written in this book that you may fear this awesome and glorious name, the LORD your God”