“Well, I declare!” Growing up in the South, I’ve heard my mom utter those very words thousands of times. In my mother’s southern mountain drawl, the phrase “Well, I declare” sounds more phonetically like this “Well-Eye-Dee-Clair!” This term, “I declare” wasn’t necessarily used to declare a proclamation or rule. It was a term often followed behind another famous southern phrase with a subtle back-and-forth shaking of the head and a slight grunt. For example, “Bless your heart, well, I declare” (head shaking in disbelief…slight grunt).
This morning, I was reading in Psalm 71:7-8 “Since my youth, you have taught me and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray (or balding), do not forsake me God until I declare your power to the next generation.”
After reading that passage, I prayed that I would not grow to be a grumpy old woman. I want to radiate joy. I want to declare the goodness of the Lord in all times! It was then I realized that I had not finished typing out this the final selection of my favorite Psalms. Well, I declare!
“I know that the Lord is great, that our God is greater than all gods.” Psalm 135:5
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love endures forever!” Psalm 136:1
“Do not let me fail to remember you O Lord. Do not let me fail to honor you.”
Psalm 137:6 (my paraphrase)
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life…with your right hand you save me.” Psalm 138:7
“All the days of my life were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16
(Note to self: God’s not finished with me yet, so don’t get stuck on a page!)
“O Lord, hear my cry for mercy! I know you are my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle.” Psalm 140:6-7
“Set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil.” Psalm 141:3-4
“I am in desperate need! Rescue me!” Psalms 142:6
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go.” Psalm 143:8
“The Lord is my Rock…my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield whom I take refuge.” Psalm 144:1-2
“His greatness no one can fathom!” Psalm 145:3b
“The Lord remains faithful FOREVER!” Psalm 146:6b
“The Lord heals the brokenhearted.” Psalm 147:3
“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:10-11
“Praise the Lord, for he commanded and it was created!” Psalm 148:5
“Let the people praise His name with dancing and make music to him.” Psalm 149:3 *
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in the sanctuary; Praise Him in his mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power. Praise Him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with all musical instruments and in dancing. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Psalm 150*
*These Psalms are proof that there will be a dance party in heaven. Bring out the disco ball!
The book of Psalms has more real estate in the bible than any other book. It contains every condition and emotion known to mankind. Each chapter points to to the Lord and his mercy and love. Psalm 23 is my absolute favorite:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil (you revive my drooping head), my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Notice the use of the personal pronoun “my” as in the Lord is my shepherd. My prayer for you that is that you will not just know of God, but know God personally. He personally created you for a personal relationship with Him. Just ask him.