February 7, 2019

You have probably heard the phrase, “Close enough for government work.” What the person means by that is work done for the government is not done with care or pride. It might be ok, or only satisfactory, or a cut above mediocrity, just enough to get by. It implies that the government is not worthy of a job done with pride and excellence.

So how would you feel if you hired someone to paint your house and after they finished they said, “It’s perfect but its close enough for government work?” Or you had a mechanic work on the brakes of your car and he says, ” Well the brakes are in. It wasn’t my best work but its close enough for government work.” In both situations I doubt you would accept the work and pay for it. After you work hard for your money and you the best that you can. You take pride in you work. And on the other hand your life rests on the ability of your mechanic to do a job well done. In your eyes, close enough for government work is just unacceptable.

This all leads us into our verses for today:

Psalm 106:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise him enough?

Our Lord never fudges on His goodness. He doesn’t hold back on His faithfulness. His love is a forever love. He never says about his care for us, “Well that’s close enough for government work.”

So what is your response to this wonderful, worthy Lord of ours? Can you ever praise Him enough? And what kind of praise do you give him? Is it only ok, or just a cut above mediocrity, or close enough for government work. Do you take pride in your praise? Is it the best that you can do? Or is it a quick hallelujah, praise the Lord, thank you Jesus and off you go?

Have you ever wondered how the Lord feels after your time of praise? Would he be feeling like you did after your house was painted close enough for government work? Or would He be a little leery of trusting himself fully to you just as you felt leery about trusting the brakes on you car after the mechanic told you they were close enough for government work?

To a certain extent I believe the quality of our lives are in the hands of the quality of our praise. If I am conscientious of my praise to Him I will be conscientious of my living for Him. I really believe that praise and purity go hand in hand and I don’t want them to be close enough for government work. 

Can a person ever praise God enough? I would say no; however I do want my praise to be the best that I can offer. No government work here:) I want to echo what the psalmist says in the verses below.

Psalm 35:10 (NLT) — 10 With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

Psalm 103:1 (NLT) — 1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

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