1 Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
We’re to praise with all our heart! Praise should be enthusiastic, a response of delight with everything we are!
There’s a word in Psalm 111, extol. It means to
To praise highly; to lift up; to elevate; as to extol one’s virtues.
To elevate by praise; to eulogize; to praise; to magnify; as, to extol virtue; to extol an act or a person.
In the context of praise and worship, to extol with everything we are is to focus on God, his attributes, his character. To magnify Him, to elevate, to lift high. As we do so it again takes the focus of ourselves and in this process we start to respond with our whole heart
The Psalmist says this wholehearted praise should be in the council of the upright, which some commentators translate to the congregation of the saints, we might say in church. But it should also be in the assembly, which some translate as those who don’t believe, in the marketplace.
Wholehearted praise isn’t limited to Sunday morning, it means lifting God high in every place, season, time.
Do you limit praise to a church meeting?
How can praise become a core response of your daily life?
On Saturday 16th September we’re serving our community at the local Nuclear Races event. A great way to praise God in the assembly