1 Rejoice [ranan] in the LORD [Yahovah], O ye righteous [tsaddiyq]:
for praise [tahillah] is comely [na'veh] for the upright [yashar]. KJV-Interlinear
1 Shout for joy in the Lord,
O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. ESV
The natural sequence within the spiritual life, after one has been saved, studied, learned, understood, and has been the recipient of blessings from God, is to be thankful, and in so doing then praise the Lord for all that He has done for each one of us personally and for everyone overall in creation.
The righteous, ‘tsadiyq,’ refers to one who has been justified and vindicated by God, one who is just in conduct and character, one who is lawful with respect to Gods principles and doctrines. In other words, the righteous is the sum total of the person who has advanced in their spiritual life to maturity and has therefore complied with Gods process for conduct and growth within the spiritual life.
Though many people praise God or go through the motions and words indicating praise for God, the only legitimate praise comes from the source of doctrine in the soul, which brings an understanding of life of blessings and of the source.
It is not wrong for anyone to praise or be thankful, but only the one who has actually been through the pressure cooker of life, who has learned and come to an in depth understanding of life from all aspects, can have a real and genuine appreciation of God and all that He has done.
A child can give thanks to a parent for gifts, but until the child grows up, he cannot really understand the obligations and responsibilities and functions of what it is to be a parent. Often times a child has to live through many of those same circumstances of life before they can really understand.
And so too, in the spiritual life, only the person who has advanced deep into their spiritual life, has the frame of reference for life and is able to advance to a higher level of appreciation.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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