16 August 2012

Prayer and Praise

    Praise the LORD!
    For it is good to sing praises to our God;
        for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
(Psalm 147:1 ESV)

God is praiseworthy. Getting that fact under our skin is not as easy as we might think. Self-centered praying (which is a form of idolatry) fails to appreciate that our purpose here on earth is to praise our Creator and Redeemer. Listen to the psalmist as he extols the praiseworthiness of God again and again. The Psalter used to be the basic diet for Christians.Christians sang psalms around the dining room table and in church services on Sunday. Subliminally, the God-centered praise of the book of Psalms became the language of prayer. Since psalm-singing has waned, the rich God-exalting praise that the Psalter represents has waned as well. - Taken from Tabletalk from Ligonier Ministries, April 2012 issue, by Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas.

Wise words for us all to consider. We all succumb to self-centered praying because we are all naturally self-centered. Let us therefore begin and focus our prayers on magnifying our great God. May we praise Him for the gospel and may the Spirit sanctify our prayers.

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