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Psalm 50:23: Praise and Prayer
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 07 December 2012 09:31


Considering the context, I offer this paraphrase of Psalm 50:23: "Whoever offers the sacrifice of praise remembers to worship God."


In the heat of conversation with fellow humans I sometimes lose awareness of the divine and angelic presence also in the room. I can send up a silent prayer to remind me. I think the angels can do certain things to remind me. Yet, often I forget, as God mentioned Israel might do in Psalm 50:22.


The answer to forgetting is praise! Praise as a considered, deliberate, intentional sacrifice to God at that moment in the conversation. I want to do this more. So follow a bit of logic with me, will you?


I'm told to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and I figured I do that by keeping a keen awareness of and secret thoughts toward God. In my prayers there are requests on the one hand and thanks or praise on the other hand. Then I'm told in everything to offer my requests with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). So I'm learning how to turn my requests into praises before I see the visible miracle. So for me, praise a is major part of prayer.


The wonder I'm analyzing now is that praise can move beyond prayer. Praise can speak of God in third person while prayer uses first and second person language. Praise can bring a third party God into conversational awareness, while prayer brings only two into conversation with possibly some observers and agree-ers if in public prayer. Prayer keeps I-you language; Praise can add He-language within a conversation of I-you language.


Oh indeed, there is intercessory prayer where we bring to God some third parties in third person language; that's not what I'm citing here.


Praise breaks the boundaries, jumps beyond the limitations of prayer. Praise can be part of prayer as well as part of any other conversation. Praise can be prayer and it can be testimony and preaching.


"Whoever offers the sacrifice of praise remembers to worship God, and to the one who orders his or her conversation rightly will be shown the salvation of God!" (Psalm 50:23).

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