19 MAY 2019 PRAISE GOD! By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 A familiar song begins with the words, “We owe the Lord an morning song of thankfulness and praise.“ How often do we stop to ponder this truth? The Scriptures tell us that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:28. The security we feel in God’s providential care is the very reason we owe the Lord gratitude and praise. Heartfelt thankfulness and praise to God bring honour to Him and also contribute to our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. As we contemplate the goodness of God, we recognize that our God is worthy of praise. How do we render that praise? Seeing our own sinfulness can deter us from spontaneously giving God the honour of which He is worthy. Our inhibitions may prevent us from expressing our inner feelings of gratitude. Are we too man-conscious? Do we feel that expressing the thankfulness we feel may be interpreted as a desire to be noticed or to elevate ourselves in the presence of others? While these concerns may have some validity, there are times when heartfelt expressions of thankfulness and praise touch others and inspire them. As David, we need to realize our unworthiness but not at the expense of expressing our appreciation of God and His wondrous mercy to us. There were times when King David went “through the valley of the shadow of death” Psalm 23:4. At one time it was his own son that sought his kingdom and almost succeeded in tearing it away from David. Even though David was deeply grieved by Absalom’s death, he respected and accepted Joab’s advice to return to the responsibilities of the kingship. All in all, David rose above his human feelings and turned to the Lord in true devotion and thankfulness. Often we do not find words adequate to express our thankfulness, but the love we have for God will find some way to express itself. It may be expressed in a quiet, consistent manner of life. In such a person there is a serenity and stability that is felt and seen, even though not necessarily heard. Other individuals, out of the fullness of their heart, may break out spontaneously in thankfulness to God for a particular demonstration of God’s love. They cannot help but joyfully express their gratitude. There are those who notice indications of God’s greatness in the minute wonders of creation, and they are ready to express it. May true praise from the heart be expressed in whatever way we are inspired to demonstrate our love, thankfulness, and praise to God. We need not feel apologetic about telling others of our thankfulness to God for His direction and care. Our gratitude becomes even more heartfelt as we think of our sinfulness and of how God lovingly bears with us in spite of our man failures. It has been said that a large part of any prayer, whether personal or public, should be thankfulness and praise to God. Paul, writing to the the church at Philippi: Philippians 4:4-6 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (The Lord is at hand) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. This verse and the Lord’s Prayer are reliable guides as we approach our heavenly Father. Let us not be negligent to show our praise to God, who is worthy of it all. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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