Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:22
I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Reflection: Sometimes people cannot bring themselves up in the midst of others to PRAISE God befittingly. The Psalmist declares a contrary opinion. In his view, right in the midst of the congregation he will express God’s praise. Clearly, he fully understands what praise means. The word ‘praise’ is translated from the Hebrew word ‘halal’ which means to make a show, to boast or to celebrate. In essence, halal is expressive praise where your body actions are such that people may think you are loosing your mind. You clap your hands, you leap on your feet, You turn around all in praise of your maker. David exhibited this when he danced before the ark of God in the midst of the congregation of Israel (2 Sam 6:16). His leaping and dancing steps infuriated his wife who despised him in her heart. God had to show up to prove that David was right in making such a boastful show in his presence. He shut down the womb of David’s wife. She had no child until her death. God loves to be praised in the midst of the congregation. Don’t be like Michal, David’s wife. You must make a boastful show of your maker when it is praise time!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me make a boast of who you are with my hands and feet when I praise you .
Confession: I will not sit nor stand stiff when we have to praise God at church. I will make a boastful show of my God with my hands and feet. I will clap and dance my heart out in praise of my maker while I have breath.