I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
The Psalmist invites us to sing His holy name with a joyful heart. Give God all the praise, glory and honor that is due Him. Do all this with a thankful heart to allow Him to more deeply engrained in us; to bring Him our worship and magnify His holy name.
Other translations of scripture use the word magnify instead of glorify. Both are true. Both call us to give praise and worship to God and to extol His name. In all of these, music can be used to send our praise to Him for who He is and express our gratitude for what He has done.
Reflecting on this passage reminds us of the reason behind using our voices in song. It is not for ourselves. Though it can be beautiful to our ears, it is not just for our entertainment. It is for the purpose of giving God glory through the worship of Him. In song, we can draw near to God for He is good and loves to hear us praise His name.
Dear Heavenly Father, let the words of our mouth expressed in song set to music bring you praise. Let our song magnify Your name. Thank you that we can express our gratitude in the form of worship. May you always be glorified. Amen.
– Patricia Yarbrough