Befits… such a strange word! It is a word that sounds like it is from a time, long, long ago. Because it is from long, long ago.
This word has its origins in the middle of the 15 century and is used to express that something belongs or is appropriate, something makes sense together. Look at this example below;
It was a gown befitting a princess.
What should a princess be wearing? A gown.
What kind of gown should a princess wear? Something that says, “I’m a princess”
Can a princess wear other things? Yes
But if she is to wear a gown, it should befit a princess. The gown should make sense.
Formalwear doesn’t befit a pauper and ragged clothing do not befit a millionaire. But Christians often put on words and attitudes which do not befit a follower of Jesus. So what does “befit” a follower of Jesus like that gown befits a princess?
Praise, in the mouths of God’s children, makes sense, it’s appropriate, it belongs! In this passage we learn what type of praise befits a child of God,
SHOUTING FOR JOY!
What’s strange to me, is that people will excuse verses like that and say, “I don’t really do that” or “That’s just not my style”. But praise BEFITS the upright, it makes sense, it’s totally appropriate, and it belongs together! Like peanut butter and jelly, like Oreo’s and milk, salty and sweet, shouting for joy makes sense when combined with believers.
Truly, no one else has reason to shout for joy the way we do! We, who believe in Jesus and have repented of our sins, have been redeemed, every sin washed away, and we’ve been given the gift of the Holy Spirit!! It absolutely befits us to shout for joy!
Whether you are a singer or not, it’s good to sing to Him. The verse reads that it is, “delightful” and “fitting”; don’t get me wrong, it’s not that your voice is necessarily delightful, but the fact that you are singing to Him is delightful! AND FITTING!
You singing to Him just makes plain sense! You shouting for joy
makes perfect sense. These are the things that fit within the Christian lifestyle.
If you’re a believer in Jesus, perhaps it might be a good idea to consider if the actions or thoughts you’re engaged in are befitting a child of God. Also, it’s worth considering if your actions and thoughts are NOT befitting a child of God, to whom do those thoughts and actions belong?