Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sacrifice of Praise


Did you ever notice how often David's Psalms say, "I will praise the Lord..." Not, "I feel so wonderful! Praise God!" Not "I can't keep from busting out with happiness!" Just "I WILL".

I am reading I Samuel with my son, and we are finding it instructive to read his poetry along with David's life story. From the perspective of suburban American comfort, David's poetry doesn't jibe with his experience.

He was the overlooked, un-promising youngest son. He spent most of his adolescence shouldering adult responsibilities with spectacular success and provoking growing envy. He spent his young adulthood living hand-to-mouth in caves, hunted as a criminal by the very man who had been his role-model. When he came to power, not only was his kingdom surrounded by external enemies, but it was wracked by internal factions stirred up by the insane policies of his predecessor. He sinned grievously in one terrible abuse of power, resulting in revolt in his own family. David's own son led a (briefly) successful coup...

But his poetry is laced with "I will praise the Lord..." Seems to me that feeling good wasn't the motivation for that praise. David himself calls it "the sacrifice of praise." He simply chose to focus on God's rescues, not on his own difficulties. And so will I.

Have a look at others' praises on this Thankful Thursday at Sting My Heart...

6 comments:

Lori said...

Amen! Thank you for this wonderful post.

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Amen! What a wonderful post. I loved your picture also. May the Lord Bless you this week and always. I am so glad I found your blog and will be back it is lovely.

Angel ():)

Denise said...

A great big amen to this post.

Deena said...

God has really been teaching me what the sacrifice of praise is all about...and I so love Him for it. It's hard, but it is SO worth it!

Kim Anderson said...

Right, Deena. My mother always says we should take special advantage of difficulties, and especially praise then. Because, she says, "you may never have it this bad again!"
;^)

eph2810 said...

Kim, it is so true that it might be hard to sing praises when we face trails and tribulations, but it always calms my heart. No matter my circumstances, I know that God is still God and He will see me through. David's Psalms have been a huge influence and comfort in my life.

Thank you so much for sharing with us your thankfulness this week.

Be blessed today and always.

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