I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to your name. Psalm 18:49
Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! Acts 28:31 (NIV)
I’m watching the Olympics again this evening, even though I might be one of the very few who are doing so). There have been moments of great applause for various athletes, teams, nations, and records. Something inside of us gets hooked and we jump to our feet when our team wins, or a brilliant performance is given.
God’s praise is a matter of witness to others. We proudly wear our team regalia, jerseys, hats, and colors. We let people know that we love the Texans, Cowboys, Astros, or Cardinals. Sometimes that is contagious. Whether or not it is contagious when it comes to our praise of God, it is proper to wear the colors, wave the cross, sing his praise, and let people know that we acknowledge God’s proper place in our life – whether or others acknowledge him or not.
When athletes win, they get a prize. Olympian gold medal winners receive $25,000 from the US Olympic Committee. They may share that glory and even some money with their friends and family. But there’s a limit to their prizes.
Not so with God! God’s victory through Jesus calls for songs of greatest praise. That’s not just because our emotions get caught up in a momentary accomplishment. We do so because Jesus Christ has fought the ultimate battle with sin and death, and come out as our eternal victor, and gives us the full glory and blessing of his victory. No athlete can do that. For that reason, we say – eternally – Yay God for God!