As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
A fining pot for silver. A crucible or melting pot to refine silver. To make it pure. A furnace for gold. To burn away the impurities. Gold and silver are tested by fire. Their impurities raised to the top, separated by fire. Proverbs 27:21 tells us that man is also tested, but by praise. Interesting.
Praise God! This is go to saying for me. Deployed, God willing, when I am tested by praise. I have come to believe that I am here to glorify God and this is one way to do it. When someone says, “You are awesome, the way you did that thing was amazing.” I believe it best to say something of the sort, “Thank you, praise God!” I have noticed some people looking a little puzzled with this response from time to time. Some get a look on their face like to say “….anyways”. This of course is all part of it, being different. Having a way that others do not know or understand and sticking to it all the same. The way I mean here is that praise and glory belong to God not to me and any good attributed to me is for me to pass on to God. To uphold His reputation.
Try it out next time someone praises you; “Thanks, praise God!” or another option is to quote this truth:
But by the grace of God I am what I am: – 1 Corinthians 15:10a
I think you will enjoy it. After all, God is good and He is worthy of all praise, His faithful love endureth forever!
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. -Psalm 106:1
This brings me to another what I believe to be interesting idea, perhaps worth consideration. It rather starts off a question; what does that mean anyway, God is worthy of all praise? Throughout the bible we hear it. Praise God for He is worthy and so on. The other day I was talking with a rather well read, well learned economist about the unfortunate debasement of our currency and it came to me, how we worship it. How we worship money. And. How it can not stand it. I think it so because it is not worthy of our praise. It can not stand it, it falls, it fails admits the praise and worship. It is not up to the test. Interesting.
-A takeaway from a study in Proverbs
-A takeaway from an internrocket.com meeting
As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject are most appreciated.