“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:1-5
If we are “true-born believers,” as Matthew Henry calls the Saints of the Lord, then we are also “upright.” If we are upright, then praise is comely for us. Comely? It means that praise becomes us, it is fitting for us. Praise goes hand in hand with rejoicing. We rejoice not in the successes of this Earthly existence, and not despite failures and trials, either. We rejoice in the Lord, as Apostle Paul exhorted us to do. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”(Romans 12:12) It’s an attitude of looking upward, to Heaven, to our Father. We rejoice, not in what G-d gives us, but in Who He is.
When we rejoice in the LORD, when we offer praise for what He has done, we soon must move toward seeing Him and praising Him for who He is. This, then, is worship, true worship. Read Psalm 95:
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Once we rejoice, we offer praise, we worship, and we hear in this psalm the voice of the LORD our G-d.
Lord, help us rejoice in You, praising all you have done, praising You for Who You are; help us worship You. Amen.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .
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