Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. 17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. 18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Every Christian as they are properly disciple should have a prayer life and a praise life. Both are proper and fitting to be done publicly and privately. When it comes to praise some saints just do not understand God’s ways. Our thoughts and our ways are not always God’s thoughts and ways. The Psalmist in Psalm 119:15-18 said he would meditate in God’s precepts and have respect for His ways. Some dear saints cross their arms, lower their heads, keep a tight lip, and say, “This is just my way to praise the Lord.” There is no such thing as my way or your way; there is only one way and that is God’s way. Some say, “Well, I believe in silent praise or praising God to myself.” No, praise is something offered up to God implying an action, not something passive.
Praise begins with the mind set on God but then those thoughts must be put into action in order to qualify as praise. (Meditation/contemplation – is not praise.) There are both vocal and non-vocal forms of praise but whatever the form of praise it is visible, manifested, and demonstrative. In other words, others are aware that praise it taking place.
Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the VOICE OF THANKSGIVING, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Psalm 47:1 O CLAP YOUR HANDS, all ye people; SHOUT UNTO GOD with the voice of triumph.
Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will LIFT UP MY HANDS in thy name.
Psalm 98:4 Make a JOYFUL NOISE unto the Lord, all the earth: make a LOUD NOISE, and REJOICE, and SING praise. 5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. 6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.
Psalm 149:3 Let them PRAISE HIS NAME IN THE DANCE: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psalm 150:5 PRAISE HIM UPON THE LOUD CYMBALS: praise him upon the HIGH SOUNDING CYMBALS
NOT MY WAY OR YOUR WAY BUT GOD’S WAY