A few thoughts from some former devotionals this week, while I get caught up on a few things.
Let Everything Praise the LORD
1 Praise the LORD!Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150:2 – Praise God according to His excellent greatness – If the verse said “praise Him for His excellent greatness” we might not be so overwhelmed as we are by the use of the word “according”. We are called to praise God according to His excellent greatness. This is completely beyond the ability of any human being to do. We cannot praise God to the degree that He is great.
This is a call to praise God with an understanding that He is far above whatever we are able to attribute to Him. It is a call to praise Him from our hearts, in sincerity, in truth, without hypocrisy, without our minds wandering off somewhere else.
We simply cannot praise Him to the degree that He is great. But we are able to praise God through Jesus Christ and that must be what this means. Come to God through Christ. There is no other way to approach Him, either as a repentant sinner or as a blood bought child. To praise God through Christ is to praise God according to His excellent greatness. We praise God through Christ, in Christ, by Christ. And God counts all that and more as if Christ was the One approaching . That is the only way to worship God according to His excellent greatness. Lost people simply cannot worship God acceptably and far too many believers come to worship thinking that it is a matter of them approaching in the right way. We certainly must not worship with wrong altitudes and wrong motives and actions. But we must never think that we are able to devise a method by which we can worship Him in such a way that He will find it acceptable. No. The only acceptable One is Christ Himself and we are hidden in Him and this is the greatest miracle of all.