“Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.” Psalm 65:1-2 (ESV)
These verses remind us of several reasons why God’s people come to Him. Just as His people were used to going to Jerusalem to praise God so we have the same desire and opportunity wherever we are. We can praise Him any time, any place, in our hearts. It does not matter where we are and we don’t have to be at any special place or take any specific posture. There are no required or set words that must be repeated but the words of our prayers should include words of Praise to our God. As we turn to the Lord we remember the promises we have made to Him. We don’t need to go to the temple or to a church building to fulfill our vows for we can renew our promises as we draw near to Him anyplace, with our supplications and thanksgiving. And, of course we know that we can approach God in prayer because He does hear our prayer. What a joy it is to remember just as David did in our verse today that our praise is due to God who promises to hear our prayers of praise.