Praises and the All-sufficiency of God
The praises of God bring us to the all-sufficiency of God: “Ask…seek…knock. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Mt. 7:7-11). They show us the holiness of God which is unattainable by works: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1Pe. 2:9). They draw us to the compassion of God which calls us even closer than we have been before: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mt. 11:28-30).