"Praise ye the Lord"

The Bible abounds in admonitions to praise God. While singing is frequently recommended, other ways of praising are also more or less clearly indicated there. One very illuminating admonition is contained in the forty-second and forty-third Psalms, being repeated in words that might well have come from the lips of a devout believer and earnest worker whose demonstration seemed to be delayed in its appearing: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

It is evident that the Psalmist was expecting to show forth his praise to God in a more substantial way than by mere song. His actions, his health, his thoughts, and his confidence in God, good,—the measure of his reflection of perfection,—were to be his praise. Since actions speak louder than words, what praise could be greater than actions based on confidence in God?

Learning to Forgive
July 4, 1931

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