Praise Be to the Lord
“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.” (Psalm 28:6 NIV)
They who pray well will praise well; prayer and praise are the two lips of the soul; two bells to ring out sweet and acceptable music in the ears of God; two angels to climb Jacob’s ladder; two altars smoking with incense; two of Solomon’s lilies dropping sweet-smelling myrrh; they are two young roes that are twins, feeding upon the mountain of myrrh and the hill of frankincense…
Real praise is established upon sufficient and constraining reasons; it is not irrational emotion, but rises, like a pure spring, from the deeps of experience. Answered prayers should be acknowledged. Do we not often fail in this duty? Would it not greatly encourage others, and strengthen ourselves, if we faithfully recorded divine goodness, and made it a point of extolling it with our tongue? God’s mercy is not such an inconsiderable thing that we may safely venture to receive it without so much as thanks. We should shun ingratitude, and live daily in the heavenly atmosphere of thankful love.
-C.H. Spurgeon (excerpted from the devotional book, When You Call upon the Lord)
It’s not our temperament or our culture, but a lack of faith that keeps us from opening our mouths and lifting up the name of the Lord; because when God is real to you, you can’t help but shout and rejoice in Jesus Christ the Lord! Of course, we are to pray “with all kinds of prayers,” and there’s a time for quiet or even silent prayer; but we are also to shout with joy to the Lord and exalt him in our hearts and with lips that give glory to his name, both in our own time of individual worship and when we come together as the body of Christ.
Read Psalm 28:6-9.