Knowing now, what the Psalmist then did not know, that Jesus Christ is the Lord and King, Savior and Victor, Great Physician and Most High Priest, yet elder Brother and closest Friend, I would say that singing praises to the Lord is the best of all! What a great place for frame of mind and a most worthy desire to be strived for during the darkest of times or the highest of life or simply in the mundane of the common day. Oh that this would be our great strive to have the workings of the triune God ever before our minds – in difficulties, hardships, victories, labors and all the like.
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.” Psalm 147:1
Oh, that when we are seemingly swallowed up and overwhelmed by the raging waters and war within, oh that we might turn the mind and pray in a moment (as Nehemiah before the king) and be launched unto joy.
Does this come natural? No. We must put our hand to this plow, be trained up in the grace we do not deserve, recognize the mercies granted us daily and obediently lift up our minds, our thoughts, our actions and our voices in praise to God. And this is most fitting indeed!
How shall we do so? How shall we obey such seemingly difficult, although really not, command to sing praise? How shall we take captive our minds from the devil filled culture, an evil programming of the mind? Here let me propose a simple, yet true, way in the Master’s will.
May it be we launch ourselves unto the truth – for let us admit our true carelessness and lack of desire before God – He already knows anyway. We must cease to grasp this horrid disease of lying to ourselves, admit our true condition and simply ask God in truth and resolve that He would be pleased to grant us a desire for Himself. Oh that we would see how He has made Himself known in that which He has created (Rom. 1:18-23) and not be ‘given up’ (Rom. 1:23-32). We need to see His sovereignty, not as something to be feared, dreaded, or even resented, but let us take faith, hope and great joy in such a mighty God who can be trusted for our eternal good (Rom. 8:28-29). Let us then, when we have these things firmly planted, realize that our obedience to worship, praise and extol God during tremendously hard times (James 1:2-8) is not only good and right, but best and most joyous.
And what if in His providence He has already shinned down upon you by placing you in a life of bountiful plenty, a life given to ease and pleasures, and provided far more that you actually need? Oh how much more should those of us in such providence not praise Him all the more? For ‘to whom much is given, much will be required‘ (Luke 12:48). And yet more, our praise, if indeed true, ought to abound in works of charity, love, compassion and eternal truth. Praise the LORD!
“His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11