Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:22
I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Reflections: David understands what praising God in the midst of the congregation entails and lives it as a lifestyle. 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 bodily actions become visible. This will include clapping your hands, leaping on your feet, turning around and twirling. 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. She thought it was all wrong for him to praise God in such a manner. God however, stepped in and vindicated David by placing an injunction on the ability of his wife to bear children. Clearly God loves to be praised! Don’t shy away from praising God in an expressive manner!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me make a boast of who you are with my hands and feet whenever I praise you .
Confession: I will clap, shout and dance my heart out in praise of my maker while I have breath.