Praise: what it is–what it is not

We praise what we love, and so the knitting of our hearts is made plain by what we adore, what we look up to, or what we praise. Psalm 148 is interesting because it goes through a series of verses with similar construction: Praise him…then something is listed that should point to God or give praise to him. As I did the sketch of the Crater Eddington, this is one of those verses from Psalm 148 with the construction I am talking about. In other words, his creation attests to Him–it praises Him. Let’s take a look at the sketch of what I was seeing before continuing:

I enjoy observing the heavens, but I do not praise them. Their mystery and depth can conjure up all sorts of  responses in observers, but like anything else created, they are not worthy of praise but point to the One who made them. God even took the time to explain how he did it in Genesis and elaborates on parts of the creation in Job, Psalms, and even the New Testament. However, true praise from the heart is always first due to Him to made all things. How fundamental is it? Matthew 22:38 explains as Jesus repeats the first and greatest of all commandments–love the Lord your God with ALL of your heart, soul, and mind. Everything else follows. Everything else is secondary. Nothing else is permitted to substitute nor usurp. This presents a problem if we don’t know him, since all of us worship and praise something or someone. It ranges from self, to things, to people, to other gods, and the list goes on. The most deep-seated praise in God’s terms is the praise that is due Him for his love, his power, and his mercy towards us. Without that foundation, our praise goes astray as other things get lifted up without God, without a reference to Him. 

If you don’t know this precious truth, I can attest to God’s willingness and definite steps to make Himself known. Just like Psalm 148 so eloquently states, if you know Him and praise Him, then everything else takes a proper place in relationship to that fundamental.

It’s hard to explain the aftermath of an observation period like the one above. But I can tell you that thinking of His mighty love and power is part of it. With all my challenges, it is peaceful and fulfilling to sit back and praise Him after a time to study something He set in motion and has permitted me to see.

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About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: www.cwm4him.org [or use christworksministries.org]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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