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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Worshipping the Lord

Praise is comely.
PSALM 147:1
3rd August
Thomas Carlyle
The man who does not habitually worship is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye.
Few Bible characters touched life in as many places as David. He was a shepherd, a warrior, a fugitive, a servant, a prophet, and a king. But from every period and position of his life, David's intimate and heart-felt trust in God revealed itself in his praise to God. He was, through all his varied experiences, "the sweet psalmist of Israel"(II Sam. 23:1). The Spirit of God spoke by the sweet psalmist to give us inspired patterns for worship. Of the 150 psalms, at least 70 come from David. In this inspired "how to praise" book, David shows that worshiping the Lord is important whether we suffer or prosper. For David, worship was vital to spiritual life, and spiritual life was inseparable from daily life. In one of his songs David said, "Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever" (Ps. 145:2).

Praising God is indispensable for a vital relationship with Him. Simply saying "Praise the Lord" or "Hallelujah" does not constitute spiritual worship. True worship directs our thoughts away from ourselves, our troubles, and even our blessings, to the Lord Himself. We are to focus our minds, our emotions, and our wills on the Lord. Worshiping requires our undivided attention as we acknowledge who God is, think about His goodness, and thank Him for all His blessings to us. This kind of worship takes time. Every believer should desire to praise God as He deserves. But often we become so involved with ourselves and the routines of life that we have neither the time nor the frame of mind to worship. We should, like David, take the time daily. God has given us a model of praise to follow in David's example and his words.