21st February 2011

Clothed With Praise

19th in a series

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)

What is praise? It is recognition of success, accomplishment and excellence, amongst many other things. It flows from appreciation of something exceptional.

When we think of God and his great plan and purpose; when we think of the extravagance of his love in sending his own son to be an acceptable sacrifice for us; when we consider his offer to us of Jesus’ righteousness in exchange for our sinfulness, and his willingness to forgive completely all of our sins and grant us a place at his side along with Jesus; when we appreciate that he has already redeemed us from our corruption, clothed us in glory, and granted us eternal life, his praise is the only available response.

But how do we make our way through our day? Do we live in the knowledge of all that he has done for us? Does his saving grace made available in Jesus Christ and communicated by the Spirit motivate our life and cause us to live every moment in praise of him?

All too often we live as if this was not true, or as if it was not important.

The Psalmist seemed to suggest that he never had moments like that. He seems to live a life seeking to bless the Lord. He continually has praise of the Lord on his lips. His life is one that is lived out of this praise. It motivates everything that he thinks and says and does.

I’m sure that in our hearts we too desire to have a relationship with God just like this. Let’s recall time and again all that God has done and is doing for us. Let’s allow our garment of praise to be the outer clothing that is apparent to the world.

Our Father in heaven, thank you for your wonderful saving work in Jesus Christ. As I consider all that you have done for me, let that praise that is rightfully yours be found in my life as I praise you in thought, word and deed.

Study by David Stirk 

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