He was a recently immigrated student with a family of four, living close to the breadline; times were tough, and the leader of his culture group was concerned but couldn’t see how to help.Then he saw a group of fellow students from the host culture bringing a huge load of firewood to warm the man’s household. No-one had asked them, they had just noticed the need and responded warm-heartedly. From then on that leader always sung their praises to people when student matters were discussed. He would mention kindness, selflessness, generosity, goodness.
Then as they neared graduation it was clear their friend didn’t have a driver’s license, didn’t actually know how to to drive. So they arranged for another guy, who used to be a driving instructor to teach him, and then paid for his test. The generous student leader had even more to say at an even greater volume as he watched this practical demonstration of all they’d been learning. Even 25 years later this man still tells those who’ll listen about the kindness of his fellow students; he’ll name them; praise them; tell them to their faces how much he appreciated what they did for his friend.
You could even call it worship of a sort – without taking anything away from the true object of our worship.
The Psalms often record and celebrate what God has done for His people as a way of setting forth His praise. The Psalmists sing in praise of both the historical and recent acts of God’s goodness to them. They even thank Him for His correction and the restoration that followed. Even as he’s clawing his way out of depression, David will often recite the ways in which God has encouraged and saved him in the past, encouraging himself to trust more deeply in God.
If we are truly thankful to God for His startling generosity toward us, if we continue to be amazed at the place we occupy in His kindly heart, if our knowledge is of a God of grace then praise should not be far from our lips, and obedience a ready response to His call and challenge. Some times we become so preoccupied with the dramas of this life that we miss the great drama in which we are the dearly loved objects of the saving grace of the greatest and noblest of all Beings; that we are worth dying for. What is the best response? Praise unceasing, sacrificial and heartfelt.
Yeah, think about it!