The Sacrifice of Praise
by John D. Morris, Ph.D.
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:21)
We continue studying through the thoughtful hymn of dedication “Take My Life and Let It Be.” Verse three reads:
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
One factor that separates us from the animals is our ability to formulate distinct words and string them together with syntax to communicate complex concepts. The barks and grunts and whistles of animals may convey meaning of sorts but certainly not abstract thought. Only the image of God in man (Genesis 1:27) can communicate directly with other humans and with the Creator of all. The highest use of this ability is to praise and worship Him.
As we worship Him through our singing and praise, our spirits seemingly soar the heavens and enter into sweet fellowship with Him. Here, we can tell Him our burdens and requests and know that He hears us. Praising Him is not only our duty but our blessed privilege and source of blessing.
One day we will gather with heavenly beings and the redeemed of all the ages, praising Him for His great works of creation and redemption. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”; and “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 4:11; 5:9). JDM