November 24, 2021

Man Should Praise God, Not himself

Interesting stuff in today’s Psalms, we see a mix of prayer and praise from David the Psalmist who is writing today’s Word:

Psa 9:1 I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

Psa 9:2  I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

If we contrast this against our own thoughts, we love to praise ourselves, and rarely find time to praise God.  Maybe a couple of prayers in the evening and before bed, but sadly man, in his fallen state, tends to worship himself and his own ego rather than God.  One cursory glance on facebook, and we see a never ending abyss of folks patting themselves on the back for something they did, or maybe an accomplishment their sports team had, all of which is sadly rooted in pride.  

Today’s Psalms point all praise away from man, and towards God.  Next time we accomplish a big project, or are delivered from a major catastrophe, or overcome an obstacle, rather than rushing to praise ourselves, we should think like the Psalmsist is thinking here, and direct our prayer and praises to God, and as the verse says “with all our heart”  – As Christ says, the greatest commandment of all is ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

A good chance for some self examination here and a poignant reminder that God should always be at the center of our affections.  

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