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Praise

Psalm 33:1

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.

 

Don’t you just love it when your new pants fit just right? Or when those new winter gloves literally fit like a glove? We Christians were made to praise. Praise on our tongues befits us. The dictionary defines befit as, “to be proper or appropriate for.” Praise is always appropriate for the believer. No matter the earthly circumstances of life; we were made to praise because of who our God is, and because of our ultimate destination. Our “already/not yet” status, as Pastor Tim calls it, pulls from the depths of our weary souls a renewed song praising the One who will make all things right in His time. Don’t worry. He’s not taking too long, and He never hurries. Right now, He is actively working all things out for His maximum glory (Psalm 37). We are threads in the tapestry of His beautiful work.

I sometimes lose sight of His beautiful work, especially around the holidays. Pride rears its ugly head in my heart and begins spinning destruction in my life. I become like the puffer fish. You know, the fish who suddenly bursts out three sizes larger than he needs to be and takes up all the room in the fish tank! My mind is full of thoughts about myself. I’m irritated with all the little fish in the tank. Can’t they see I need more room? Why doesn’t she move over? I’m huge! There’s no praise on my tongue in these moments. There’s no contentment, peace, joy, or thoughts of my Savior. There’s only a puffer fish named Sarah taking up all the room in the fish tank. But God in His faithfulness pricks my heart. He reminds me of who He is. He gently calls me to praise and reminds me of Job 38. This chapter knocks the wind out of me every time. It is a bold and somewhat sarcastic rebuke to my heart:

Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action… I will question you…Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know!”

Surely you know!” I hear the holy sarcasm. It shrinks me down to size. His words pierce my prideful heart.

Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?”

No, Lord, forgive me. As He brings repentance to my heart; I immediately feel praise bubbling up inside. Isn’t He gracious? Isn’t my Father unbelievably kind? The comfort of firm and loving discipline by my heavenly Father pulls from my soul the praise that He created me for. It’s in these moments I feel whole.

I have no words of wisdom of my own to offer you. I can only tell you of my gracious Father’s work in my heart and life, so you can join me in praise to Him.

Praise. It fits so well. Praise, Christian, praise!

The Unbelievable

By Steve & Vicki Cook

Come and see the Inconceivable and believe the unbelievable

God has come to dwell with us

Begotten Son born into Adam’s earth

Promised One fulfilling ancient words

God has come to dwell with us

Who could ever know the depths of the myst’ry of Your grace

Though our minds can’t take it in

Lord, our hearts are filled with praise

He will heal the unhealable, He will save the unsavable

God has come to dwell with us

Heaven’s joy will drink our bitter cup, emptied out as He is lifted up

God has come to dwell with us

Lord, we’re lost in overwhelming awe

At the thought of such amazing love

God has come, God has come

God has come to dwell with us

Sarah Gomer is a follower of Christ, a member of Faith Community Church, and a third-grade teacher at Faith Christian Academy. She is privileged to be married to Alan Gomer and the momma to Makenna, Korban, and Owen.

 

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