As I was closing my Bible this morning, my eyes caught a verse written on the inside cover... "Whoever offers praise glorifies me" Psalm 50:23a. My heart lept and then I pondered; why is this so important?
Praise is a revealer of the heart. When I praise someone, I am giving them attention, gratitude and honour. I am also giving myself something --- humility and a sense of community. Think about it. When someone says thank you, they are not just being Canadian :) They are telling us that we just played an positive part in their life (even if it was a wee one) and they appreciated it. There is recognition that we are not alone, we actually affect one another. Think of some of the phrasing in compliments: "Thanks for the cinnamon buns!" "I like you." "Thanks for holding the door." "You did a great job." "You look pretty." Etcetera, etcetera ... Compliments, given without infatuation, are forms of praise as we recognize that we need each other.
Let's take it up a notch. Thanks, compliments, acknowledgements, praise given to God for who He is, what He's given and what He is doing not only give Him great joy & honour, but serve us well, in that we are reminded of who we are, where we've come from and where we are going! When we see things correctly and give honour where honour is due, it's like a light goes on in darkness. Oh, the right perspective and humility are among some of the greatest gifts that we can own!
One more thought... This verse is not complete. Let me finish it for us: "Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” Sweet!!! God is a giver of great gifts. Let's walk His walk and give Him honour for the fruit that His way brings! Have a grateful day!
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me... Psalm 50:23