Sacrifice of Praise

“Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me Your laws.” -Psalm 119:108

Our acts of worship in our own strength are feeble attempts before a Holy God. We are easily distracted, becoming spiritually lethargic, sometimes simply going through the motions. Our praises can become watered down. The Lord has to move mightily in our hearts before we can have a posture of praise before Him. How does He do this? First God extends mercy to the sin-sick soul by showing him his need for a Savior and then God acts by delivering the one who cries out for salvation. Our Father receives the lost sheep and gives each one His Holy Spirit as a Guide, Comforter, Counselor and Friend. Through the Spirit’s power, He enables His children to shower Him with acceptable worship. Even then, we are tied to the flesh, dying to our old nature each day. As the psalmist asked for help in proper praise, so should we. It is part of learning what the heavenly creatures already do day and night (Revelation 4:6-11). The believer is then justified, gaining access into the Throne room of God. We are being sanctified here on earth, learning how to properly come before the King with offerings of worship (Romans 12:1-2). Our Helper the Holy Spirit will guide us into sincere praise as God grows us in His grace.

Along with presenting a sacrifice of praise into the House of the Lord, the psalmist asks for more instruction. The earnest student never tires of probing a subject he loves. Likewise, the psalmist longs for God to teach him more, since the wisdom of God is boundless (Romans 11:33-36). The link between how we worship God with our lips and possessing a teachable heart is humility. Pride has no place among God’s people who seek Only His way. The soul which receives holy instruction will have no other response than to burst into songs of praise to our Great God! May God’s grace overwhelm us to recite this prayer-verse back to Him like the psalmist. May the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts honor Him today.

Grace upon grace,

April 

‘Praise Him! Praise Him!’ by Fanny Crosby

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