Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work;
And his righteousness endures forever.
He has made his wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
Some praise has all the correct ingredients but not much heart.
Psalm 111 has all the correct ingredients. (The first four verses are printed here.)
We often look down on such tidy institutional worship and prayers.
We value authenticity. We value sincerity. We value genuine passion.
Rote readings feel forced, fake and dead.
Maybe, though, there are times when it would be helpful to pray the “correct” words.
When under pressure. When in a lot of pain. When confused. When boiling over.
There are times when I don’t feel like praising God.
When I feel abandoned. When I feel afraid. When I don’t feel much of anything.
When I cannot muster words on my own, it can be a gift to have the words of those who have gone before to turn to.
“Lord, I’m in a place where I feel like you have abandoned me. And in that lonely, angry place, I’d like to pray Psalm 111 and call the words my own.”
When have you turned to the words of someone else and found that they became your own?