Psalm 111:1-10 ESV - 1 Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. 3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalm 119:92 ESV – 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
Psalm 119:24 ESV – 24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
When fighting for biblical perspective (yes, some days it is a real fight), the Holy Spirit is the faithful, perfect teacher. . . and the first instruction here is to praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord whole-heartedly (not an I-just-gotta-do-this-or-else attitude),
the “where” is interesting — in the company of the upright — in other words, not in isolation.
Brutal honesty time — on days when I am fighting for perspective and battling tears and spasms and “failure worthless screams” in my head, I am just not naturally inclined to be with people. Here’s the pride part — I hate to look “weak;” I do not want to be a burden. I know that those are lies from the enemy and temptations to sin by trying to be my own god, but they still do not die easily.
So . . .praise the Lord wholeheartedly in community . . .but how and for what?
Study God’s great works, delight in them, and let that be the fuel for godly praise.
Just a few from verses 3-9 (sharing this list with others can spark such an encouraging discussion):
splendor and majesty; enduring righteousness; gracious and merciful; remembers his covenant. . .
Remembering to praise God for who He is and what He has done increases my delight and my awe (i.e. the fear of the Lord) which is the beginning (first in rank) of wisdom. Godly wisdom is key to godly perspective. I need to discipline myself to godly praise which will keep me from despair and self-pity. We will worship God at the throne in heaven forever; I’m starting now!
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