“I will praise You forever for what You have done.” (Psalm 52:9)
God is worthy of our praise because of who He is. We praise Him because His presence inspires awe in us. His majesty, His holiness, His sovereignty, righteousness, grace, mercy, love, power and glory overwhelm us and bring for instantaneous and spontaneous praise, much like light produces instantaneous sight.
We also praise God for what He has done. In Psalm 52 the writer celebrates God’s judgment on the arrogant who love evil instead of good and even boast of their evil. He also rejoices in the fact of God’s blessings on those who plant their lives in His presence. Thus he says, “I will praise You forever for what You have done.”
This takes us to a gripping truth: Who God is produces what God does. His actions are the expression of His “Personhood,” for lack of a better term. What He has done thus takes us to who He is and brings forth praise.
Let these thoughts take you now to the cross of Jesus. There we see what God has done. As horrible and heart-rending as that image in our minds may be, we also look beyond to His majesty, holiness, sovereignty, righteousness, grace, mercy, love, power and glory. We think of the cross, and we then bow in praise. And we give thanks.