Psalm 63:3-4 Because Your lovingkindness [is] better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
This word for praise is “Shabach” which means to sooth or to stroke as in stroking the water. This is a soft tone or praise. The story that the letters tell is your house being consumed with God’s covenant. This is that overwhelming moment that you are engulfed into God’s presence.
This same word is used in Psalm 8:2, but is used to describe what God will do to the mouth of the enemy:
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
When Jesus quoted this verse in Matthew 21:16 He said, “Have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?”
This “perfected praise” is what shuts the mouth of the the enemy and the avenger. It is ordained strength. All the more reason to have a quiet time with God.
So, how is it perfected? When my young grandchildren try to talk to me on the phone it is very hard for me to understand them with their broken speech. They are young and I am not so young. Although I may not have caught everything that they said, I did catch what their heart was saying. By the time it got to my ears my heart perfected it. By the time it leaves our lips and gets to God’s ears, our praise has been perfected.
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