When the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon, she set an example for all of us in giving compliments. The Queen praised the Lord for Solomon’s rich wisdom. How fitting! So often we offer praise to the one blessed by God and we forget the Lord himself…
5 [The Queen of Sheba] said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 6 But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard. 7 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 8 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.”
Wisdom and knowledge are so valuable that when we encounter them, we find ourselves in awe of those whom God equips with these gifts. This is exactly what happened with the Queen of Sheba. She came to meet King Solomon and to test his wisdom.
The Queen found that Solomon’s wisdom was even greater than she had heard that it was. And her reaction to Solomon is an example for us in how and where we give praise and honour. The Queen praised the Lord for Solomon’s rich wisdom. How fitting!
So often we offer praise to the one blessed by God and we forget the Lord himself.
This happens in church quite often when people offer praise to the worship leaders or the speaker. We appreciate them so much and we actually put them in a position to have to receive our praise when they would prefer we direct it upward. Believe or not, we talk about this among ourselves and try to figure out the best ways to deflect praise from ourselves to the Lord.
No one wants to offend those who offer praise, yet we do want to honour the Lord in all things. He is the one who deserves praise for any good thing I do and any gifitng or positive attribute I demonstrate. I owe it all to God. Truly.
God has made us in his image and then by his grace, through the Holy Spirit, granted even more virtues and gifts for his service. And so any time we can, we should honour the one who provided for us.
As you consider those for whom you are thankful, could you follow the Queen’s example and give praise to God?