Lips & Lives that Praise the Lord
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows. Psalm 61:8
We hear the phrase “praise the Lord” often as we fellowship among other Christians. It is a good thing to give verbal appreciation to the Lord. To testify with words and give praise to the name of the Lord is a wonderful testimony and helps you focus on the goodness of the Lord. David is used of God to write down this scripture in a short chapter devoted to worship and recognition of the Lord. During this time of year, it is easy to become so busy that we forget to pause and thank the Lord, to give praise to His name. In addition to praise the Lord in song, David speaks of performing his vows he made to the Lord daily. Our praise of God with our lips helps us with praising God with our life! Every Christian that has been in church services has had the opportunity to make a vow to the Lord. Some are vows for daily Bible reading, witnessing or praying. Some are vows that are conditional such as being in church each time the doors are open. For most that would be Sundays and Wednesdays. Others have made daily vows dealing with the music they listen to, the amount they spend on Facebook, or the content of the media that they consume. One great way to praise the Lord is with a life that is honoring to the vow made to the Lord. A vow is a solemn promise or oath made in the presence of the Lord. We do not want to lie to the Lord! Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” Some have made lifetime vows such as “I will go to Bible College” only to not go. Others have said “I will serve the Lord” only to not serve. I challenge you today – Praise the Lord in what you say, and follow through with that praise in what you do.