I first heard of the above expression in one of Don Moen’s older recordings. At first, I found it quite incomprehensible to grasp except for the fact that it was a lovely musical piece, and I couldn’t really understand how praise could look good on anyone. In fact, I even wrongly understood it back then to mean that praise looked good on God! But over the years, as I have grown in my understanding and lifestyle of this subject, I have come to discover that praise/worship is the beautification boudoir for the saints of God, and that for anyone who comes to understand it the way it was intended to be, it brings out the glory and beauty of God that is hidden within us!
A clear understanding of this concept made me to literally fall heads-over-heels in love with praise/worship all over again.
Psalms 33:1 tells us that “…praise is comely for the upright.” In other words, praise befits the saints; or better still, praise is the identification mark or distinctive aroma by which we can recognize an upright saint of God. And in broader conspectus, ‘comeliness’ is a truly powerful, very emotive and highly descriptive term used to portray an individual who is thought by most astute observers to be lovely, delicate, dainty, gorgeous, and beautiful. It also means amiable, ambient, fragrant, fresh, decent, decorous, of beautiful proportions, of high refinements, and dazzlingly well-disposed.
What it then implies is that believers who offer praises to God with the right attitude, proper approach, and reverential preparation are picturesque portraits of excellent beauties for all to behold! In other words, praise is the language, the attitude, as well as the lifestyle of all grateful people.
You cannot be a worshipper unless you are first of all a grateful individual; because, by and large, praise is the dominant characteristic as well as the default nature of all grateful people – that is, all those who recognize that it is by faith alone that we are saved and preserved in the Lord Jesus Christ. And this is even more important when examined or looked at from the standpoint of praise.
Praise brings out the lovely part of the believer. It reveals our inner beauty, and manifests us as a sweet smelling savour, not only to the Almighty God, but also to the saints and the people of the world, (and especially to all those who observe us very carefully from a closer range).
Grateful believers will never hesitate to express their heartfelt praise/worship to God irrespective of wherever they may find themselves.
Again, why most worship leaders spend an ample amount of time exhorting the Body of Christ during worship sessions is merely to condition our hearts and re-position our mindsets for joyful expressions of gratitude; because, you see, at the heart of every genuine worship experience is the attestable evidence of a lifestyle that is well-taught in the art and act of gratitude.
May the Lord open our eyes to see indescribable and unutterable loveliness – that will always manifest whenever we offer to God our genuine praise, which is borne of out of a heart of utmost gratitude; because it is only then that people will be attracted to, and even convinced to draw nearer to praise and worship our Great God!