Archive for January 14th, 2013

Psalm 149

Psalm 149 continues to give us insight into what it means to “praise the Lord”.  It strikes me that the psalmist doesn’t say ‘praise your kids’ or praise your spouse’ or ‘praise your team’ or ‘praise the dog’.  The world would tell us that we need to be focused on praising others to build them up and raise their self esteem.  That is not what scripture is telling us to do with God.  God doesn’t need our praise.  We need to praise Him.  This is not about meeting God’s emotional needs.  It is about putting God where He belongs in our life – on the throne – at the top – in control – and taking action to make that part of how we relate to Him.

Praise flows to God but is rooted in our need to get our perspective right.  We are told to “sing to the Lord a new song”.  For many of us, being told to sing is not the most comfortable thing in our world.  I personally love to sing, but realize many don’t.  I tend to not be quite as excited about the new song concept however.  I like the old and familiar, not necessarily hymns, but definitely songs I know and feel I can sing well.  But God isn’t about our praise being comfortable.  It isn’t about us.  Praise is about Him.  It is recognizing Him for who He is.  He tells us elsewhere in scripture to make a joyful noise.  He isn’t worried about how well we sing.  He wants us to put Him on the throne!

It gets more challenging, at least for me.  “Let them praise His name with dancing, making melody to Him with tambourine and lyre”.  Now we are getting way outside my comfort zone God.  I can’t dance – and I can’t play an instrument.  Singing is quite a stretch since I never learned how to read music.  Yet God is not again focused on how well we do any of these things.  God doesn’t rate our praise.  We aren’t getting a praise rating.  God judges our hearts.  God wants us to worship Him.  “Let the godly exult in glory, let them sing for joy on their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their throats”.  God is looking for a lifestyle of praise and worship.  He wants a relationship!

Why does it matter?  Because God desires it.  “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation”.  God not only wants, but He is in relationship with us.  God loves us.  God enjoys us.  God wants us to come to Him with praise.  Does He deserve it?  Absolutely.  He is the author of life.  He is the giver of salvation.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  And even though He has done all that, He still wants an individual and personal relationship with you and me.  One on one, day by day, morning til evening – God desires and takes pleasure in us.  It is amazing.  It is a blessing we need to learn to make our lifestyle.  Praising God is powerful and can change our world each day.  We just need to make the time and do it!

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