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In Touch - July 8, 2005

  • 2005 Jul 08

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday July 8, 2005

A Heart of True Praise

John 12:1-8


We could conclude from the last few chapters of Psalms that all praise is noisy and boisterous. But worship can be expressed with quiet demonstration too. Few people think of today’s passage as a description of praise, but the depth of Mary’s love for the Savior required an expression beyond mere words.


Mary desired to give Jesus something of value so she broke a bottle of perfume worth a year’s wages (it was costly because the herb used to make the fragrance had to be brought down through mountain passes from where it grew, around present-day India and Tibet). By breaking it, she held nothing in reserve and allowed the excess to fall onto the ground. The expense, the surprised stares of onlookers, and Judas’ snide remark meant nothing to her compared with the value of having a Savior.


The whole house filled with the scent of Mary’s adoration. Genuine praise permeates the atmosphere around us in the same way. We can sense when others are worshipping God because it is uplifting to our own soul. Spending time with people who are surrendered to Him—who are praising Him through their actions and service—gives us a portion of their joy. Worshipping Him ourselves provides us with a full measure.


Believers express praise in many creative ways—singing, painting, walking in nature, or cleaning the home of an elderly friend. When a man’s devotion must be expressed beyond words, he may quietly give a very cherished possession or offer himself to God’s service. In whatever way we express true praise, our Father always accepts.


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