A HEART OF TRUE PRAISE

John 12:1-8

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him. Psalm 68:4

Pouring perfume on Jesus’ feet may seem an awkward or overly emotional act to some of us today, but it was a pure expression of the love and worship in Mary’s heart. Cultures and traditions may change through the years, but God always wants you to pour out your heart to Him in praise and adoration.

True praise longs to GIVE SOMETHING of value. Have you ever had a close and intimate relationship with another person? It was the natural inclination of your emotions to want to give something of great personal worth to that individual. It didn’t have to be something that cost a lot, either. In the same way, God wants you to give yourself to Him.

True praise is not inhibited by the attitudes of others. Mary wasn’t concerned about how many people were watching or what they thought. And some around her certainly had strongly negative opinions. Jesus recognized the purity of her gesture. If you’re concerned about possible condemnation of others, ask God to help you focus on Him alone.

True praise moves you to love God for who He is. The book of Psalms is filled with descriptions of God’s eternal character and unchanging righteousness as the basis for praise. When you praise Him for His attributes, you put your attention on His worthiness, and that’s the very purpose of your worship.

God, I worship You for who You are. You are worthy of my praise.

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