Words cut deep. Depending on their direction, they slice at different angles. Wounds or beauty may be the outcome. When God speaks, beauty.
In reading Psalms 33, I felt a sinking deep in my chest that made my heart ache, conviction.
Praise befits the upright.
extolling, commendation, admiration, exaltation, worship, voicing approval and esteem (of God)
appropriate, characteristic of, fitting and suitable for
What’s more characteristic of my life is grumbling, complaining, greediness and idolatry. And, unfortunately, when I “catch” myself, I replace those traits with a mask of cheer, happiness, “I’m fine.”
Do our lives model that of praise? Not only that, but do we even dedicate time of praise of God? When I look back over the last several days of writing on how overwhelmed, overloaded with the circumstances of life and how worn down we’ve become, I can’t help but think no wonder I’m so weary! When all of life is focused on me, when all of life is focused on family or cleaning or shopping or activities, how can I expect less than a tired body and soul? Nothing breeds exhaustion like focus on self.
Amazing how turning our eyes from ourselves lifts our souls!
Not only does praise befit the upright, appropriate praise removes focus from the unworthy and directs it toward the One who is worthy of all praise.
Not only does praise befit the upright, praise/worship of God is what we are created for. So, we are fulfilling our very purpose on earth when he receives our heart first, our first glance and our first bow.
If you are worn out with life, shift your gaze from self and fix your praise on God.
Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. (Psalms 33)
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! (Psalms 150:6)