Who should be praised?
God should be praised.
Who should praise God?
Those whose life is in harmony with him.
Psalm 33:1-3 – Fitting
David said in the first verse that it is fitting for the upright to praise God. The word fitting means a harmony. It means that such things are proper and go together. Going together is but part of the story for things which are fitting do not merely sit side by side. Those things are interwoven. They mesh. They dovetail. They have a unity of motion like the notes of a symphony.
David said that it is fitting for a righteous person to praise God. Praise is a thing which the righteous among mankind should do. This may come in song or through music made on instruments. It should not be slovenly, but as skillful as one can make it. It also should be full of energy as a shout is.
Does praise fit for all people? No. There is a corollary here and that corollary relates to the unrighteous. It praise is fitting for the righteous it must not be fitting for the unrighteous. The unrighteous are not in harmony with God. They may not know the Lord or they may be in active rebellion against God. How can one in such situations praise God? They cannot. The unrighteous may proclaim words in the category of praise, but words in a category do not come out as praise. Praise is from the heart. One who is not upright lacks harmony with any attempt at praise they may make.
The righteous and the upright are the ones where joyful praise is to come from. There it is fitting.
What about you?
- Have you accepted the gift of salvation by Jesus Christ? (That is how you are made righteous)
- Have you turned away from worldliness?
- Are you following the higher standard of the life of Christ?
- Grace fills in for all shortcomings, but grace must never be taken as a free pass to sin.
- So live righteously in God’s grace and from that harmony with God do what is fitting: Praise him!