While most people will go straight to the Psalms for their praise songs, praises can be found throughout the scriptures like in Isaiah 45. In this passage YHWH is talking to Koresh, his anointed, whose right hand God has grasped, so that He subdues nations before him and strips kings of their robes, so that doors open in front of him, and no gates are barred. However, all we have to do is repeat back to God what He is saying about Himself. He knows how He would like to be praised so let’s praise Him today.
To learn more about this series, read “To Yahweh Be the Glory.”
You Alone are God
You will go ahead of us, levelling the hills, shattering the bronze gates, smashing the iron bars.
You will give us treasures hoarded in the dark, secret riches hidden away, so that we will know that you, YHWH, who calls us by our name, are the God of Israel.
It is for the sake of Ya’akov your servant, yes, for Israel your elect, that You call us by our name and give us a title, although we don’t know You.
You are YHWH; there is no other; besides You there is no God. You are YHWH; there is no other.
You form light. You create darkness. You make well-being. You create woe. You, YHWH, do all these things.
Heavens above, rain down justice; let the clouds pour it down. Let the earth open, so that salvation springs up, and justice sprouts with it. You, YHWH, have created it.
Woe to anyone who argues with his maker, like potsherds lying on the ground! Does the clay ask the potter, “What are you doing?” or, “What’s this you’re making, that has no hands?”
Woe to him who asks a father, “Of what are you the father?” or who asks a woman, “To what are you giving birth?”
You are the one who made the earth! You created human beings on it! You – your hands – stretched out the heavens, and directed all their number.
Truly, you are a God who hides himself, God of Israel, Savior! The idol-makers will be ashamed, disgraced, all of them; they will go dishonored together.
But Israel, saved by YHWH with an everlasting salvation, you will never, ever, be ashamed or disgraced.
YHWH, you created the heavens. God, you shaped and made the earth; you established and created it not to be chaos, but formed it to be lived in. You are YHWH and there is no other.
You do not speak in secret, in a land of darkness. You do not say to the descendants of Ya’akov, ‘It is in vain that you will seek me.’ You, YHWH, speak rightly; You say what is true.
There is no other God besides you, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides you.
We look to you and are saved, all the ends of the earth! For you are God; there is no other.
In your name you have sworn, from your mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return – that to you every knee will bow and every tongue will swear about you that only in YHWH are justice and strength.
All who rage against you will come to you ashamed, but all the descendants of Israel will find justice and glory in you, YHWH.