Wholehearted Praise

Psalm 86:12-13
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.  For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

So, let us cease to bring our half-hearted praises and bring the fullness of heart that God is worthy of.  We can’t just go through the motions and do what we think we’re supposed to do or expected to do and say what we think we’re supposed to say.  There has to be substance behind what we do for God—proper motives, proper spirit, proper heart.  We don’t want empty worship, empty prayer and empty fellowship, but the fullness of our hearts and God’s meeting together.  He never holds back when He gives to us, so we shouldn’t hold back when we give to Him.

And our praise should be enduring praise.  Glorifying God is not a part-time duty, it is something we endeavor to do every day and for our whole life.  And as we seek Him day by day and seek to glorify Him day by day, we get to know Him better.  And when we know Him better, that changes us and changes our hearts, and we’ll want to give more and more praise to Him.  So may we never grow weary in our pursuit of Him and never cease to praise Him.

And the reason our praises should be great towards Him is because of the greatness of His mercy and grace towards us.  Has the knowledge of our salvation and what we were saved from produced in us an awestruck thankfulness that manifests in abundant praise to our Redeemer?  Can we think of the lowest place we ever sunk to without also seeing the great mercy that reached down and pulled us from that?  And besides that great deliverance from hell that He graciously gives to us, He gives us tokens of His love every day and blesses us richly, forgiving us and helping us and healing us.  And surely His endless mercy deserves our endless praise.

Let’s ask God to help us get our hearts to the proper place so we can have real value and meaning in our time with Him.  Let’s ask Him to humble our hearts so that we are emptied of self when we come before Him and can instead be filled with His Spirit.  And let’s meet with Him often, seeking out quiet moments to praise and worship our Lord and joining together with other believers to sing His praises and bring honor and glory to Him.  He has given us His best, and He is truly worthy of receiving back the best we can offer to Him.

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