Praise is commending, expressing approval or a favorable judgment of; glorifying, especially by crediting with perfection. I praise and thank Him every morning and throughout the day, for He is my Lord and King. Now, to commend someone is "to entrust for care or preservation" or "to recommend as worthy of confidence or notice".
Praising the Lord God by commendation means that you entrust yourself to His care and recommend that others do exactly the same. Keep in mind that King David's writings in Psalm is filled with testimonies of the Lord God's trustworthiness and with his expression of confidence that He will again prove Himself trustworthy. O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me... And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.... Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust...Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. NKJV
To praise the Lord God by commendation, applies to the promises of our personal circumstances. Remember, to approve of someone is to have or express a favorable opinion of him or her and to show esteem. Personal experience is at the heart of this expression of praise. God's Constitution has many examples of personal expressions of approval toward the Lord God. But You see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in You. You defend the orphans... But as for me, I will sing about Your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to You I sing praises, for You, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love... O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for You. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You! I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise You with songs of joy.
Take a moment to think about your past and present situation. Think about the numerous times the Lord God delivered you from the situations you put yourself in. Think of the times you were without a place to live or without a well-paying job or even no job at all. These are personal situations that you and the Lord God are aware of. Praise by approving is turning our thoughts toward the Lord God and what He has done for us. It is reciting the wonder of who He is and how He made a difference in your life and the life of others.
As I write these words, I can't help but take this time to praise the name of the Lord Jesus, Hallelujah! He has been so good to me.
Now let us talk about the word "glorify". To glorify someone is to "bestow honor, praise or admiration". In essence, giving glory to someone specifically identifies what is admirable in that person. That type of praise is also quite frequent in God's Constitutional scriptures, what is commonly referred to as the Bible. Remember, Bible is a religious term, not a Kingdom government term. Now, the Lord God is shown in the scriptures as being:
Good: Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!
Faithful: But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Righteous: For the righteous Lord loves justice. The virtuous will see His face.
Just: The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.” NIV
and merciful and forgiving. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. These are just a few examples.
I will close this teaching by adding that the Lord God's dwelling place, His law, His character and His actions are described as being perfect and flawless. We will continue with this at a later time.
Always remember, your faith in the King and His Word is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
Psalm 7:1; 9:10; 16:1; 20:7; 10:14; 59:16-17; 63:1-5; 34:8
1 John 1:9 Psalm 11:7 2 Chronicles 12:6 Daniel 9:9
All NLT except where noted
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