3 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Nehemiah 5:14–7:73a
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 21:8-10

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 33:1 (CSB): “Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Did you know that there is a difference between giving thanks to God and offering praise to Him?

We thank God for what He has done. We praise God for who He is.

Thanking God is focused upon what God has done for us. Praising God is focused upon who we know God to be.

Thanksgiving focuses on God’s actions. Praise focuses on God’s essence.

When we read our Verse for Today, we hear the Psalmist say that praising God “is beautiful.” Praising God is expected of us but it is a beautiful thing. It puts a smile on our face, it acknowledges our God’s greatness, and it rests our minds in the truth of how wonderful our God is.

When we think about it, we realize that it is only natural for a God-follower to praise Him when they come into a greater understanding of who He is and how wonderful He is.

A couple of summers ago, my family went to the Grand Canyon. We determined to go because my wife (who is the only one in our family who has been there) told us we would enjoy it. When we arrived and saw the breathtaking view, it was only natural to gawk. It was only natural that we smiled. It was only natural that we expressed our amazement at the views.

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I took this picture near the North Rim Lodge.

That’s what the Psalmist is saying. Someone who has come to a greater understanding of how wonderful God is will naturally express it in the activity of praise. In fact, our enjoyment isn’t really complete until we express our praise!

So, we can also draw the opposite conclusion: Someone who doesn’t praise God hasn’t really come to know Him and enjoy Him.

This, my friend, is definitely something to think about.

Which leads us to a few final questions that deserve serious reflection:

  • Does praise for our God come natural to you?
  • If so, when was the last time you praised Him?
  • If not, what might this tell you about your relationship with God?