Philippians 4:8: “If there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”
If we are to “take every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5, NASB), then we need to know what kinds of things deserve to be let into the doors of our minds. Everything else gets entry refused.
Philippians 4:8 gives us a checklist of things we should be thinking about:
Worthy to be repeated
Today we will be looking at the LAST in this list: praiseworthy.
Bravo! Encore! Amen! Hallelujah! Each word is just for praising.
We love to express our admiration or appreciation for a job well done, a song well sung, a masterpiece of art, a piece of music that moved us, a dessert that surpassed our expectations, or a sermon that hit home.
Those are the kind of things that are worthy of our attention. Praiseworthy connects with virtuous or “excellent,” because we should be focusing on the best, most excellent things, which are going to be worthy of praising.
Zodhiates defines this Greek word as “commendable, laudation, praise.” Dictionary.com defines “praise” as 1. the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation. 2. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.”
Proverbs 27:2: “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth--a stranger, not your own lips (NLT).”
Proverbs 30:32: “If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth (ESV).”
Charles Stanley in the “In Touch” devotional for August reminds me of what praise does not mean: it does not mean asking for things; praise is not petition.
“Think about the husband who doesn’t communicate with his wife unless he wants her to do something for him. If the only time he interacts with her is when he has a need, then the wife is not being loved; she’s being used.
“But don’t we often treat God the same way? We lift prayer request after prayer request and yet fail to give Him admiration and praise. How frequently do we attempt to use the Lord to fulfill our selfish desires? (p.9)”
So, when the Bible here tells us to think on praiseworthy things, I think it means to think on things that are worthy to be applauded; the ultimate would of course always be God. It’s always good to think about God and His Word.
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