This Psalm is a song of Praise unto the Lord.
We are very short on praise in our society! It is an art that we need to learn. It is usually something that we only give at eulogies.
They were burying a rather unsavory character who had never been near a place of worship in his life. The services were being conducted by a minister who had never heard of him. Carried away by the occasion, he poured on praise for the departed man. After ten minutes of describing the late lamented as an exceptional father, husband, and boss, the widow, whose expression had grown more and more puzzled, nudged her son and whispered: "Go up there and make sure it's Papa."
Because we find it difficult to even praise people we also find it very difficult to praise God. The dictionary says this of "praise:" expression of warm approval; extolling a deity. In the Hebrew text, it means a positive response indicating approval of God and His deeds.
PRAISE AFFIRMS THE (PRESENCE) OF GOD
PRAISE APPRECIATES THE (PERSON) OF GOD
PRAISE APPROPRIATES THE (POWER) OF GOD
The Psalmist declared!
1 Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly."
One Sunday morning after the service, a woman came up to the pastor and thanked him for the encouraging sermon he had preached. In response he said, "Why, don't thank me, thank the Lord." She said, "Well, I thought of that, but it wasn't quite that good."
People say that they find it difficult to express themselves to God, even in private, this way. I fear looking silly -- even to myself.
But praise makes me vulnerable. It puts me in the right position to God! He is greater and I am lowly! When I praise, I take off the mask of the hardened critic and expose myself as an ardent fan and lover."
Praise is a natural and necessary response to fully enjoy the object that is praised. For example, when watching a foo ...
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