Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. (Psalm 147:1 ESV)
When we gather together to sing our songs of praise and worship to the Lord it is a wonderfully beautiful thing. God truly loves the praises of His people. The type of praise in this scripture is the HALAL (Hallel) which is a transliteration of a Hebrew word which means to shine; to boast; to celebrate in a clamorously foolish manner. It’s the type of praise that David exhibited when the ark was returned to Jerusalem. He celebrated with dance and it was even described as undignified.
The word good in this scripture means agreeable and pleasant. When we join our voices together to sing and celebrate in worship we bring our lives into agreement with God’s ways and promises.
Fitting means comely or beautiful. So singing a song of praise is literally a beautiful thing. The fact that the psalmist uses the phrase our God, gives us the picture that there is a WE involved. It’s corporate worship. It is a beautiful thing when we praise God individually for sure, and you can easily read it that way, as well.
But you can also follow the logical progression that says that if God is pleased when I praise him individually, He must also be pleased when WE come together as a group of individuals to lift our praise to Him together, as a collective group of worshipers!
Russ Hutto is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community.