Today we sang “Only a God Like You” in our worship service. I don’t understand the first two lines:
“For the praises of man I will never ever stand”.
Does it mean I will never stand in order to gain the praises of men? That fits the context, but doesn’t make lots of sense. What does standing have to do with it? Does it mean I can’t bear to be praised? That if I am praised, I won’t stand up to receive it?
I think it probably means that I will never stand in order to give praise to any mere man. That also fits the context, but seems silly. Does this mean I am promising never to give a standing ovation to a performer? Never to stand in respect as a judge enters the room? I had to stop singing during that line of the song each time it came around, because I didn’t want to promise something I didn’t mean!
Later the song says,
“Only a God like You
Could be worthy of my praise
And all my hope and faith
To only a King of all kings
Do I bow my knee and sing”
I guess the composer must be using “praise” to mean worship. In that case he means, “while I may stand in honor of a man, I will never stand as an expression of worshipful praise to Him; I will never give any mere human the kind of praise that only God deserves.” If that’s what it means, then I suppose I can sing the entire song next time. 🙂
Am I missing something else more obvious?