Wired for Praise

Psalm 92

Jesus once said  the Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath.


And so when I read the description of Psalm 92, and it says it is a Psalm written for the Sabbath, I see it is a Psalm written for us.


How is a Psalm of praise for us? Isn’t it for God? When we praise Him, isn’t it for Him?


There was a great video circulating awhile back about happiness. They invited people into a room, and asked them some questions that measured their happiness. Then, they had them call someone they cared about, and thank them for being in their lives. After that, they measured their happiness again.


People were noticeably happier after practicing gratitude and experiencing connection.


Could it be that it’s part of our wiring? That we are meant for praise, not because of what it does for God, but because of what it does for us? (Even if it pleases God as well?)


Praise has a way of re-orienting our hearts. It is good for us.

“It is good to praise the Lord     and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning     and your faithfulness at night”

-       Psalm 92:1-2


Praise is good. And it leads to a brighter future for us.


The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,     they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;  planted in the house of the Lord,     they will flourish in the courts of our God.

-Psalm 92:12-13


I don’t think the flourishing of the righteous is a reward for our praise, as if God restricts His gifts for those who have praised Him first.


I wonder if the reason the righteous flourish is because they are those who have hearts oriented towards seeing the gifts of God.


Something happens within us when we have a rhythm of Sabbath. When we stop to notice God, it is good for us.


That was my reflection on Psalm 92. Link up with yours below. Or come back next week with thoughts on Psalm 93.