His work merits the highest praise.
If something merits a particular treatment, it deserves or is considered important enough to be treated in that way:
A quotation from Book VII of the Aeneid regarding the merits of outstanding citizens runs along the top of the walls around the room.
I analyse other people's ideas objectively, for both merits and failings.
To do him justice, he is not without some merits.
There are merits and demerits to both your opinions so I'm not going to decide right away which to support.
Everybody has his merits and demerits.
Let's discuss the respective merits of the candidates.
Justice is to judge men on their own merits, not according to their names or their ideas.
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
In other words, the merits, etc. of making detours are the consideration of the attitudes of the landowners whose property the line would cross, the convenience of other towns and villages, as well as connection with other railway lines.
But in spite of the merits of being single, they do want to get married some day.