April 28, 2021

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Psalm 119:5–7 (New King James Version)
Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

Praise has often been defined as bragging and boasting on the LORD for deeds He has done. On the other hand, worship is considered adoration to the LORD for who He is. But we could say that praise is the active part of worship. It is typically associated with singing, but dancing or words of expression are also acts of praise.

One aspect of praise is given in God’s Word for today, which is seldom considered. The more we study Scripture, the natural response is to render some form of praise. It is unfortunate, but what many know about praise, they have learned by mimicking others. It becomes an outward performance in the presence of others that makes us feel good.

Praise that pleases God must come from the heart. This type of praise will be inward, spiritually motivated when we learn God’s Word. David understood this as he meditated on the Scriptures. The importance of this is illustrated by the fact that Psalms 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is entirely dedicated to God’s laws, precepts, statutes, and commandments.

We can learn from this the importance God places on His people praising Him. Therefore, when we don’t “feel” like praising Him, we should pick up our Bible, read it and meditate on what God has done for us.