by J. Gerald Harris

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Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Psalm 103

The psalm which I have placed before you for your consideration today is a psalm of adoration. It is a hymn of praise. The words are thrilling: "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." For over 3000 years men and women, boys and girls, have recited those beautiful words. It is a call to praise the Lord, to thank the Lord, to bless the Lord, to adore the Lord our God.

It has been said that the young son of Bishop Berkely once asked him the question: "Papa, what do the words cherubim and seraphim mean?"

The Bishop took time to tell the little fellow that "cherubim" was a Hebrew word meaning "knowledge," and the word "seraphim" stood for "flame." He explained that it is commonly supposed the cherubim are angels that excel in knowledge, and the seraphim excel in love for God.

"Then I hope," the boy said, "that when I die I will be a seraphim. I'd a lot rather love God than to know everything."

Well, this psalm is a call to love the Lord, and bless the Lord, and praise the Lord, and adore the Lord our God.

And I am convinced that prayer must begin with adoration. Think of the model prayer that Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray. Jesus said, "Our Father which art in heaven." And then we have the first word of praise, "Hallowed be thy name" -- reverenced be thy name -- holy be thy name -- blessed be thy name -- set apart be thy name -- praised be thy name -- adored be thy name.

Then what is the request? "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Now, let me ask you. What do you think is going on in heaven?

You say, "Well, I don't know."

Well, we're not going to have much understanding about praying what is in heaven down to earth if we don't know what is going on in heaven. What is going on in heaven? Well, praise is going on in heaven. Praise is the homework of heaven. It is the exercise of et ...

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