“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” (Psalms 50:23)
In this verse, the Psalmist makes two observations: (1) “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me (God)”; (2) “and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” There are two actions on the part of the Child of God that have two results.
For every action there is a reaction. If the action is righteous, then the result will be a great benefit to the actor.
This devotion will be focused on verse 23a; “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.”
Note the first action of the saint, and the first reaction, or result:
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me (God).”
Part 1: The Action: “Whoso offereth praise”
Praise issues from the regenerated heart of a Child of Grace. Praise arises from within the heart of a person who has received Grace and Mercy from God. This is only perceived by those who have been Born of God. These people are the only ones who can discern spiritual things of God; because, as Paul said, they have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16). When you have been given the mind of Christ, it means you have received, not the spirit of bondage to fear; but you have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby you cry “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:14-16).
Paul records in 2 Timothy:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) (Read verses 7-12.)
That is, you know of your Reconciliation, your Redemption, and your Justification in the Atonement of Christ on the Cross. This means that you have an understanding that Christ is your Substitute, your Sacrifice, and your Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21). That in Christ, as these things are for you, you then are saved; or you are at Peace with God. See Ephesians 1:7; 2:11-22, especially verses 13 and 19. Also see Romans 5:1-2:
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Romans 5:1)
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)
Therefore, because of this understanding, there is a Praise in your heart (or spirit).
Praise is identified as Love for God; Joy of God; and Peace with God. It is an Adoration of God. And it is a Thankfulness to God for all His benefits of Salvation to you; for now you see, or perceive, your Position in His Righteousness (Romans 3:24-25). You now know that the Penalty and Punishment and Power of sin (spiritual death; separation from God) has been defeated; eradicated; atoned for; appeased; or satisfied God on your behalf, because of your sin debt to God; in the Work of Christ on the Cross.
You now know it was not by your merit, or because you deserved Grace; but God now has declared you Righteous in Christ and His Work of Atonement. (Read Romans 3:24-25; 5:1-21; Ephesians 1:7.)
The Child of God does not have an option as to whether he should praise God or not. For David said in Psalms 118:24, “…we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Praise is a natural action of those Born of God. It is as a bubbling spring from the earth. It has to come out; and it will come out.
Pure water is for man’s physical life; he has to have water. And the Child of Grace must have the Water of Life. When God gives him this Water, he will do as the woman at the well:
“Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:29) (Read verses 30-42.)
You cannot suppress Praise; it must and it will flow out of the Child of Grace.
Part 2: The Reaction; or the Result: “glorifieth me (God).”
The Psalmist said that praise “glorifieth me (God).” To glorify God means to Honor Him; to recognize Him as God; to attribute to Him that He is the One and Only True and Living God, who has All Power as the Creator, Controller, and Consummator of all, of everything – by Praise.
When the regenerated Child of Grace praises God, it excludes the honor, or glory, to any other for their Eternal Salvation. It says, “…Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9). It says, Salvation is by Grace and Grace alone:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)
It says, You alone are God and none else. You alone are the Source of all life, physical and spiritual. You alone are the Cause of all effects. You alone are Sovereign. You alone move according to Your Eternal Purpose in Christ on the basis of Your Will and Good Pleasure. (See Isaiah 43:11; 45:21; 46:9-11; Ephesians 1:5-11.)
It says, You alone hold “my times” in your hands; my days, my months, and my bounds are lodged in Your Will and Purpose. (See Job 14:5; Psalms 31:15a; 39:4; 91:10, 12.)
The Psalmist said in Psalm 147:
“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” (Psalms 147:1)
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
When the Child of Grace Praises (adores, worships, sings in his heart and in audible tones) it Glorifies God. Amen and Amen!
It will be (not may be, but will be) the desire and duty of every Regenerated Child of Grace to Praise God; for it Glorifies Him (Deuteronomy 10:12-13). And Praise is a Commandment of God.