August 17- The Resources of Praise: WITH


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The Resources of Praise With

“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance.” –Psalm 150:3, 4

The third preposition we should consider from Psalm 150 is “with.” Now, if praising God “in” defines our region of praise, and praising God “for” declares our reasons for praise, then praising God “with” describes our resources of praise.  Notice the admonition of the writer, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs” (Psalm 150:3-4).

The Jewish people worshipped Jehovah with vibrancy and animation. Their worship was festive, some may even say it was loud.  They used a variety of instruments, as noted by the psalmist. The idea here is: Bring something with you in your worship!

You may say, “I don’t know how to play the trumpet” or “I am not skilled with the psaltery.”  How can I then worship God? The thought is to use whatever resources you do have.  Abraham and Isaac only took wood and fire to God’s mountain, but they went with the intention to worship. The little lad only had a few fishes and some bread, but he gave what he had to Christ. The widow woman only had two mites, but she worshipped with her portion.  Mary worshipped at His feet with her alabaster box. Look around, see God’s blessings, and give to Him His rightful portion in your worship.

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 9-11
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