It brings me pleasure to hear honor given to people who deserve it. Often when a speaker is introduced, a fair amount of time is given in telling the congregation of the speaker’s talents and accomplishments. We clap at the end of a performance, sometimes loudly and with cheering voice. It is not at all uncommon for an audience to rise for a standing ovation at the conclusion of a beautiful and/or powerful presentation of one sort of another. Easily, we speak of our friends’ and families’ abilities, gifts and sterling attitudes. It pleases us to be involved in such activities. We feel uplifted, giving and generous, for we are invested in them and in their progress.
So much more then are we on track when we praise and worship Jesus, our Saviour, our Redeemer. It’s right, it’s holy, it’s honorable. With no shame, with no reluctance, with no prodding, we sing His praises. We do so loudly, sometimes softly, but always sincerely and with passion. I’m pleased that not only will we praise our friends aloud and fervently to each other, but also aloud and fervently will we praise Jesus. We tell each other of His goodness, His accomplishments, and His gifts to us. We offer Him standing ovations. We do it in our homes and in our churches.
This praising of Jesus is logical and biblical. Consider the following portions of scripture.
“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.” Psalm 107:22
“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” Psalm 47:1
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised…” Psalm 48:1
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:…”Psalm 98:4
“…make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4
I want to continue hearing the praises of people and of their accomplishments. I want to talk about their gifts, and stand in honor of their performances. I want to heap honor on my leaders, and on my preachers. But more so, do I want to praise my Savior and tell of His marvelous acts. I want to talk of Him when you and I are together at home, and when we sit side by side in church. Let us at all times freely praise Him, with no reluctance, with no prodding, but with a passionate, grateful heart.