Praise Must Mark the Christian: Devotional for January 7, 2022

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Today’s Bible reading from Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5.

Praise marks the Christian! Sadly, many believe that sarcasm or joylessness or apathy or grumpiness marks Christians–for this is what all-too-many see in their encounters.

Psalm 148 is all about praise–praise that is grounded in creation! As you read this alongside Genesis 1, you can see how this psalm is tethered to that great creation chapter. As in Psalm 19, we see here how the “heavens declare the glory of God” (19:1). We look to creation and praise because “he commanded and they were created” (148:5).

“Well, I’m too sophisticated to praise!” The Psalmist reminds us that “Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth” (Psalm 148:11).

“I’m too young/old to praise.” Really? “Young men and maidens together, old men and children” (148:12). “Praise for all his saints” (148:14). No one is excluded–praise must mark the Christian.

Does it mark you? Do you believe that people will make fun of you and shun you because praising God comes across your lips? Do you believe He is truly worthy of praise? Does the reality of His salvation and all He accomplished on the cross not give you reason enough to praise Him?

Praise must mark the Christian! Dear believer, does it mark you?

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