Reflections: Praise Is A Doing Word
Never underestimate the power of praise. There is power in raising your hands, singing and worshipping God. As a dancer, I express my heart through my actions. In this verse, the psalmist is saying that if he has breath, if he is alive, he will praise God and lift his hands in open, honest and self-surrendering worship. There is something about the sensation of raising your hands–it’s a call for help, a sign of surrender, it literally opens your chest and exposes your heart before God. But our psalmist doesn’t stop there, he tells you how great praise is in verse 5, ‘I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you’. Don’t you love that feeling after having a good meal? When you’re satisfied, content, and full? It’s the same sensation we have when we worship God. In the middle of your mess, raise your hands and sing praises to your God. Swap your complaints for praise, swap your fears for words of faith and adoration in a good God who loves you!
Questions: How will you praise God and rise above ‘your mess’ this week?
Prayers: Today I open my hands, my heart and my mouth in worship to you God. As I read this Psalm out loud, let it reflect my heart: I am fully satisfied in the praises of my God.