Makeup, manicures, and merchandise. We spend a lot of time and money to look our best.
Praise is becoming to the upright. Psalm 33:1 NIV
The word “becoming” carries several connotations.
- Attractive: Causing someone to look attractive, having a flattering effect. Praise, gratitude, and contentment attract the same temper. Really, who needs more frown lines? The Holy Spirit offers “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) Its sweetness counters the bitterness of hurt, reminding me of the loyal Ruth contrasted with a Naomi consumed by loss (Ruth).
- Appropriate: Suitable for a particular person in a certain situation. Ephesians 5:19-20 reads, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Music lightens our hearts. An aroma of worship diffuses the sulphurous fumes of the enemy. I’m reminded of Hannah’s prayerful song in 1 Samuel 2 when she dedicates her son for God’s service in the presence of her rival.
- Assimilate: To begin to acquire a certain characteristic, to have a specified quality. Paul said, “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.” (Phil. 4:8-9) I think of Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-80). Praise came in spite of challenges and colored much of what each woman did.
You don’t have to be a supermodel to look good in praise. It flatters everyone. Try it on this season.
Workout for the Week: Praise Looks Good on You
Memory Verse: Praise is becoming to the upright. Psalm 33:1 NIV
Meditation Passage: Philippians 4:8-9
Just Do It: Try it on.