Great Praise for a Great God

When Solomon built the temple he did it with great extravagance and expense.  His reason for this was explicit:

“And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.” (2 Chron. 2:5)

Solomon’s philosophy was certainly logical:  Because God is great, His house should be great.  But Solomon’s logic was also inspired by God.  The principle of “great praise” is articulated many times in Scripture.  Here are just a couple references:

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised  (Ps. 48:1).

According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth  (Ps. 48:10).

Solomon recognized that his efforts could not possibly match God’s actual greatness.

But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him?  who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?” (2 Chron. 2:6)

But this fact was no excuse for Solomon not to invest his very best.

This truth should cause us to ask ourselves an important question.  What kind of opinion about God do we give to others by our praise to Him?   God desires both private and public praise.  This praise should be reflected in how we live our lives, from Sunday through Saturday.  And it should be glorious.

Praise ye the LORD.  Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.  (Ps. 149:1)

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.   (Ps. 66:2).

I was reminded of this principle a few weeks ago.  Just before Thanksgiving fourteen of our UBCS students participated in KCEA’s All-State Choir, a choir composed of 164 singers from across the state.  Aside from eating, sleeping and a few breaks, the students spent roughly a day and a half rehearsing for two Saturday concerts.  Why all the effort?  Because on Saturday they praised God publicly in Pennsylvania’s Capitol Rotunda.  And from what we’ve seen from Scripture, it was fitting that they should do it greatly.

If you do not consider your singing to be beautiful, then let others see the vibrancy with which you sing.  Let them see you participate, and let them see that you mean what you are singing.  Whether we sing well or not, all of us must live lives that reflect great praise for a great God.

One Response

  1. Great article, Pastor Connors! Thanks so much for challenging us to offer great and continuous praise for our great and faithful Father.

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