Where does your praise really come from?


Let us watch, that our praise really flows “out of the abundance” of what our hearts have “learned” of His “righteous judgments.” For do we not sometimes speak of our Savior with a secret lurking after self-exaltation? May we not really be seeking and serving ourselves in the very act of seeming to serve and honor Him? Surely the very thought of the selfishness that defiles our holiest earthly praise, may well quicken our longings after that world of praise, where the flame burns active, bright, incessant; where we shall offer our sacrifices without defilement, without intermission, without weariness, without end.

Charles Bridges, An Exposition of Psalm 119

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  • Andrew Bernhardt

    I am fairly easy going on the outside, but internally I can be a bit judgmental. Right or wrong, my views of today’s worship is one such area where I am generally not satisfied. (I’m also not satisfied with my level of judgement on this topic either. Perhaps I’m being too critical, …or not enough.)

    It seems to me most of today’s worship and praise is focused primarily on experience (i.e. the “worship experience”) and emotion, rather that expressing why God is worthy of your worship and praise. It seems that most contemporary worship music is designed to manipulate the emotions to generate a feeling of worship, rather than be an outlet for what is already on the inside of the worshipper (not that there isn’t a place for leading people into an attitude of worship). I’m definitely not against emotions, but it should be a by-product, not the main thing. Worship is supposed to be about God, not us. Job 1:20