Worthy Of Praise – Commendable & Approvable

May 30th, 2024 – Thursday Afternoon

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise…” ~Philippians 4:8a-g

Part 2 of 2

Last time, we expanded upon or detoured away from our filtration system idea and took a look at how “excellence” is an over-arching requirement for our already thorough list of qualifying attributes. Instead of merely filtering out impurities and holding a high standard for what is to be dwelt on in our minds, these last two concepts literally embody that which ought to constitute the substance of our thinking. With that being said, let us turn our attention to the final over-arching prerequisite for Biblical thinking: That which is “worthy of praise”.

The Greek word that is translated “worthy of praise” or “praiseworthy” can also be understood as “approbation, commendation, praise” and “laudation”. Turning to Noah Webster for some help with understanding some of these terms, we find that the definition of “approbation” is “The act of approving; a liking; that state or disposition of the mind, in which we assent to the propriety of a thing, with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; as, the laws of God require our approbation“; the definition of “commendation” is “The act of commending; praise; favorable representation in words; declaration of esteem”. In other words, that which is worthy of praise is that which is approvable or commended. The word is used in the New Testament both of the praise given by man (for that which is right or in keeping with the kingdom of God), and the praise given by God and to God.

In the previous devotional, it was mentioned how “excellence” might be seen as the crystal clear water that is sourced from a mountain glacier; now, think of some of that pure, clear glacier water being placed into a water purity, taste, and clarity competition or examination. The testing and tasting of such water would lead not only to gold or blue ribbons, but it would lead to a standing ovation of applause. “Worthy of praise” means just that…it is truly worthy to be praised by God and man.

Is this a tall order? For sure! Yet, it is a good one too. Just think of how life-giving and refreshing our thinking would be if we only dwelt on that which is worthy of praise! What is preventing you and I from doing just that? Is it our pride? Our selfishness? Our sin? Our laziness or lack of purpose?
 
Beloved, let us turn our attention once again to Him who is worthy of all praise so that our minds can be adjusted and aligned to His standard. Let us consider our thoughts and be careful to consume only that which is worthy of His praise.