Post written by Raymund and Denielle Tamayo
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“I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.” – Psalm 119:7
Praising God is natural for those who truly love Him.
And truly loving Him is shown in our obedience to His Word. Praise is basically linked to our character.
When we praise and worship God, He focuses on the conditions of our hearts. An outward act that seems religious to people can look unpleasant in God’s eyes because it came from a heart that is tainted.
God sees our superficial actions not in the way man sees them, but as an image of what He sees inside.
It doesn’t matter if we go to church every Sunday to praise Him, and yet we lie, steal, gossip, and fornicate during the remaining six days. Our act will still be abominable to Him.
For us to truly worship Him, the intent of our hearts and the work of our lives should be in one accord for His glory.
Even though we may not do this perfectly all the time, grace covers us as we seek His Kingdom and righteousness.
Our prayer: Help us, Lord, to live with an upright heart, covered by Your grace and righteousness. Let Your Spirit lead us as we seek to bring glory to Your name with our obedience. Forgive us of all our unrighteousness and create in us clean hearts, as we praise and worship you with an upright heart this day. This is our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.