I recently attended a painting workshop where the goal was to express praise to God through art. There were no rules or grand expectations. There was just some Christian music playing and some Psalms read. The facilitator gave a title to our work; “Adoration.” I tried not to look over at my neighbor’s work. I tried to focus on what I was feeling towards the One who created me. But my praise came out looking like french fries! I guess I should not quit my day job just yet!!
Today’s verse expresses praise to God in a different way. David used his lips in word and in song to glorify God’s name. He lifted up his hands in praise to God’s incredible love that he calls, “better than life.” This psalm was written when he was in the desert of Judah, on the run from his enemies. His praise to God is that much sweeter being in the midst of a “dry and weary land” (verse 1).
My praise to Him may not be of a professional quality. My painting is maybe good enough for the back closet wall! I love singing but my song may even be a little off key. I lift my hands now, but someday my arms may be too weak. But He sees to the heart’s expression. Praise to Him is always welcomed. Whatever I do or say can be done in His name and to His glory (Col. 3:17). Praising Him for His love and power is about the most important thing I can accomplish today!
Keep me praising You today, Lord!