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Nibble of Bread : Praise Him in your Soul

October 17, 2012

Luke 1:46-47

46 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!…”

I wanted to learn a little bit more about what it actually is to Praise God.

Praise the Lord, Praise God and other similar statements are very familiar to most of us. But what do they really mean and how can we really live it is my burning question.

Praise – is the act of making positive statements about a person, object or idea, either in public or privately. Praise is typically, but not exclusively, earned relative to achievement and accomplishment (Wikipedia); the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God (dictionary.com).

So according to these definitions we have Praise as either a statement, an act or an offering. For Mary to Praise God with her soul doesn’t really fit with these three. But it must be a combination of the three that she felt so deep in her soul that just shut her down, or exalted her physically. She was rejoicing in her Spirit, again not something that was an outward act, at least intentionally. Like in Acts 6, when Stephens face became as bright as an angels. This is Praise within the heart and soul that is deeper than an outward, intentional act.

The beautiful part of Praising God with your Soul is that it is personal. How Mary did it will be different from you and me. But I see it as such a deep level of Praise that a simple “Praise the Lord”, would not quite fulfill.

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