#5611 – Praise the Lord

Good morning people who put on the garment of praise.

Psalms 28:6-7 NIV Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Our God is a merciful God, and He is our strength and our shield.

And this is why we can trust in Him! There is nothing lacking in our indescribably good God! He is for us, not against us! He alone is our help in times of trouble. Whatever we need can be found in Him. It is not so much from God that we find our help, but it is in God that we find our help – He is our help!

This reality pulls joy from our heart onto our lips in praise! Oh, the beauty of a grateful and praise-filled believer in Jesus! As the old Don Moen song says, ‘Praise looks good on you.’

God wants to shift our measure of what looks good on us. God being seen in us and through us is what looks good on us. Complaining doesn’t look good on anyone. Praise, however, does!

Even when our praise doesn’t look good to some people – like King David’s praise didn’t look good to his wife when he danced passionately before the Lord – our praise always looks good to the Lord. And we must remember that our praise is to God. It’s not to people or for people. We don’t sing and dance and shout for joy to impress or please people. We do this because God is worthy!

There is no such thing as praise that is too extravagant. Yes, we must not enter into the flesh and call it praise, but that’s not really the issue. Subdued praise is much more common than fleshly praise. As many have said, let’s not react to an error (fleshly praise) and swing the pendulum to the point of creating another error (subdued praise) in the opposite extreme.

Abandoned, visible and verbal praise to the Lord is right! It is right for you personally in the secret place, and it is right for us as the family of God in the public gathering together. Praise looks good on you!