Provoking Praise – Part 1

We are to provoke one another to good works.  Praise is a good work.  Use knowledge.

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Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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As we look at our Text for Today, while we read it from beginning to end, we will examine it from the end to the beginning to better understand it.  In the fifth word of this verse, we see the word, “for.”  That gives an indication that what follows is the reason for the opening statement.  The word “for” could just as accurately have been said, “because.”

When you examine our Text for Today closely, you realize that it is the final statement of this verse that sets up the foundation for the remainder of the verse, especially the first four words, “I will praise Thee.”  Today, we will take a look at that final statement, “…that my soul knoweth right well.”  Once again, it is BECAUSE I know something “right well” that I can praise and rejoice over it.  Consider the words of James in the first chapter of his epistle.  He wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”  Do you see it?  The reason you can count it all joy, even in tough times, is because you know the truth that gives you victory over the tough time.  Allow me to offer you a very simple example.  Someone has promised you they would take you to your favorite restaurant for your favorite dish for dinner.  But in order to be free for that time, you must work through lunch hour and not eat until supper.  You may get hungry.  You may not like working while everyone else is eating and chatting.  But you can do so joyfully, not because it is comfortable or even easy, but because YOU KNOW something.  Whenever YOU KNOW you will have a victorious outcome, it makes it possible to endure the journey, the battle, or the circumstances in an attitude of joy that strengthens you THROUGH that journey. 

Remember, the Scriptures command us to renew our minds to the Word of God, that is becomes our primary source of KNOWING.  Then we read in 3 John 2 that it is the prosperity of our soul that ultimately determines our level of prosperity and health.  All this points to one of the most powerful actions in which you can engage that helps to promote and develop these things even further.  And that action is PRAISE.  Do you see the divine connection?  When your confidence is totally vested in the truth of God’s Word, and you take the time to read, study, meditate upon, and consistently speak God’s Word, it will be your subsequent KNOWING of that truth that provokes PRAISE in every situation.

Manna for Today – Psalm 139; Psalm 150:6; Psalm 8:2; Hebrews 13:15; James 1:2-8; Romans 12:2; Nehemiah 8:10; 3 John 2