In honor of Thanksgiving (which is only 2 weeks away… can you believe that!), our Scripture Saturday verses this month will be on giving thanks. So to start us out, our first memory verse is going to be Psalm 7:17:
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.”
All of my definitions for Scripture Saturday are coming from the 1828 Webster’s dictionary because it was published close to the same time as our modern KJV Bibles; therefore, the definitions will be accurate to the meaning of the words at the time of the translation. Also, often times the Webster’s 1828 will actually use Bible verses for examples within the definitions. If you want to use this dictionary for your own study, a hardcopy can be pretty pricey, but I found it for a new lower price here. Alternately, you can get the dictionary as a free app in the app store or Google Play store.
Praise – 1) To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of personal worth or actions. 2) To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfection or excellent works. 3) To express gratitude for personal favors.
According – Suitable; agreeable; in accordance with.
Righteousness – Applied to God, the perfection or holiness of His nature; exact rectitude; faithfulness.
Sing – 1) To utter musical modulation of voice. 2) To celebrate in song; to give praise in verse.
So, to put the verse back together using our definitions, we have:
“I will commend, applaud, magnify, glorify the perfections and excellent works, and express gratitude for the Lord in a manner suitable to and in accordance with the perfection and holiness of His nature and faithfulness. I will utter songs and praise to the name of the Lord most high.”
Notice, it didn’t say I will sing well… J It just says I will sing praise (musical modulation… not necessarily in a consonance or on key. Praise God for that!) to the name of God. And doesn’t it just give you pause when you read the definition of “Praise?” Are we doing all of those things to the Lord? Especially when we consider his perfection and holiness of nature and his faithfulness? Food for thought. Let’s ponder that as we memorize Psalm 7:17 this week.
BONUS: To help you out, I have made this handy Scripture memory card for you to print out if you don’t want to write the verse out by hand (though, studies have shown that you will remember it better if you write it out). I’m not in love with the font… still trying to tweak it… but I wanted you to be able to use it this week. Let me know what you think of it! Hope you enjoy!