In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
December 14, 2007 – Praise: An Expression of Love – Psalms 150
Most of us have some idea what being in love feels like. When we’re apart, we constantly think about the object of our affection and look forward to spending time together. We often relate stories and describe attributes so everyone knows how wonderful this special person is. In a word, we praise our loved one.
First Samuel 13:14 describes King David as a man after God’s own heart. One of the ways he sought to honor his beloved Lord was through praise. The Book of Psalms records his worship in words, with verses such as 63:3: “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.” David also used dance to express that he was passionate about his relationship for the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14).
Do we love God with the same unashamed enthusiasm David exhibited? Of course, some people are more prone to fervent displays than others, but too many of us allow our praise to be stifled by embarrassment. Timid believers wonder what those around them will think if they sing loud. Others worry that co-workers or friends will consider them fanatical if they talk about God too much.
The Lord is worthy of praise. He is our Friend, our Rock, and our Protector. What’s more, He saved us from death! If we let ourselves get caught up in the opinion of others, we could forget that He is the only audience that matters. Ever since creation, the Lord has deserved and received praise offerings for His glory. Don’t be fearful or embarrassed. Give God His due.
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