PRAISE BEFITS THE UPRIGHT

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:1-3

“Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (Psalm 33:1-3)

Psalm 33 is a hymn of praise to God who is our Creator and Sustainer. When we consider who God is and what He has done, it is befitting for us to praise Him — “Praise befits the upright.” Praise is the correct response of God’s people for all God is and for all He has done.

We are to “shout for joy in the Lord.” When we come into God’s presence we can experience fullness of joy — “You make known to me the path of life, in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). For this reason, Paul called us to rejoice in the Lord — “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Rejoicing in the Lord is the act of expressing our joy to Him. Stop now and take a moment to rejoice in the Lord. Consider who He is and what He has done for us. Then rejoice over these things!

Part of our praise should include thanksgiving — “Give thanks to the Lord.” How many times a day do we fail to stop and give thanks to the Lord for the blessings He has brought to us? When we reflect upon the Lord, and upon all His benefits, we are led to thanksgiving. Take a moment and read Psalm 103 and be reminded of all the Lord has done for us.

The Psalmist also calls us to “sing to Him a new song.” What is this new song? When we experience God in deeper ways and discover more about Him, we are led to renewed praise. “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:3). Every time we have a fresh encounter with the living God, He will put a new song of praise in our mouths. We will discover more and more things to shout for joy in the Lord.

Lord God, today I come to shouting for joy. When I consider who You are, my Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Lord and King, I rejoice. When I consider all You have done for me, especially the greatest act of love in sending Your Son to die for me, I rejoice. Thank You for all the many benefits You have poured out on me. Thank You for blessing me in so many ways. I know it is befitting for me to praise You. Thank You for the new songs You have put in my mouth over the years.

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