Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Bible tells us over and over to praise God. The word "praise" is mentioned 6,160 times in the Old Testament and 692 times in the New Testament. That means praise is important to God, and praise helps us as we develop spiritually.
There are many biblical examples of people who praised God, especially the psalmists. Pastors and preachers tell us to praise God. Even our own spirits tell us to praise God. But why?
We spend time studying the Bible, praying to God, meditating on His word, worshipping Him, and going to church on a regular basis. So, why is it important to also praise God?
To praise God is to extol His greatness with words of excellence. It is expressing joyful delight in His divine presence. It is telling God how much we love Him for His mighty acts.
Praise is different from praying. When we pray, we usually ask God for something. On the other hand, we shouldn't request anything during our time of praise because praise is not about us at all. Praising God should be all about God because He is worthy to be praised.
Praising God means expressing how good God is and how much we adore Him.
1. The Bible Commands It
All people should praise God because the Bible commands it. The psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). That means as long as we live with breath in our bodies, praising God should be everybody's lifestyle.
The Bible tells us that David praised God seven times a day, and three times a day he would pray. That shows that the psalmist praised God more than He prayed.
"Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments" (Psalm 119:164).
2. God Deserves Our Praise
God alone deserves our praise. God deserves our praise because He is our Creator. He created us and poured Himself into each of us so that we are the image of God.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
His greatness no one can fathom.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all;
He has compassion on all he has made. (Psalm 145:3, 8-9)
3. God Desires Our Praise
God desires and delights in our praise. It is not hard to enter into His presence and gain access to God. Praise provides a direct passage into God's presence. Therefore, we should do what the psalmist said:
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).
4. Praise God for His Mighty Acts
Nothing should take the place of praising God, not praying, singing, reading the Bible, meditation, or worshipping. Even when we consistently participate in other spiritual disciplines, praising God should never be neglected. We are to praise God for His mighty acts.
Below are scriptures that tell us why we should always praise God.
God shows His love for us. “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God shows His compassion. “Just as a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:13). “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love" (Psalm 145:8).
God forgives all our sins. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)
God is always faithful. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for He cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
God will never leave us. “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8). “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
5. God Inhabits the Praises of His People
God's presence is especially evident in the praise of His people. It is safe to say that God is wherever He is praised. Psalm 22:3, "God is enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22 reminds us that God is where there is praise.
The word “inhabits” is not suggesting God is only present when people are singing praises about Him. We know God is omnipresent and is everywhere at all times and is not confined to one place. What the scripture means is that God is present and glorified when people lift His name in honor. God draws nearer to us when we praise Him.
Praise does not have to be sung or even spoken. Praise can be done while bowing before God or spending time with Him. It is good to know that praise is not confined to only people. Psalm 148:3 indicates that the sun, moon, and stars praise God as do the angels, sea creatures, flying birds, and ocean depths (Psalm 148:2, 7, and 10).
6. Weapon Against Satan
Praise is one of the greatest weapons against what the devil throws at us. Praising God redeems us from the enemy.
The Bible tells us that Satan was once the good angel Lucifer and God’s praise leader (Isaiah 14). He was thrown out of heaven because of his desire to be like God. Since then, Satan has hated praise because He knows what it will do. Besides, it reminds him of what he used to have but can’t have again.
7. Praise Gives Comfort
Praising God keeps despair away. There is no way a person can praise God and be despaired at the same time. According to Isaiah 61:3, “the oil of gladness instead of mourning.” We should praise God for delivering us from distresses.
Psalm 30:11 says, “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” According to 2 Corinthians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
8. More Reasons to Praise God
Reasons to praise God are recorded throughout the Bible. Here are a few more reasons to praise God.
- Praise God for all His mighty acts.
- Praise God for His power to eliminate worry.
- Praise God for deliverance from evil that befalls us.
- Praise God to be free from bondage.
- Praise God for healing of the body and soul.
- Praise God for deliverance from troubles.
- Praise God for spiritual and material prosperity.
- Praise God for He is good and His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 150 is a psalm of only six verses. However, it gives a quick lesson about praise. We are commanded to praise God a total of thirteen times in that short psalm.
Psalm 150 tells us when, why, how, who, and where to praise God. In other words, everyone is commanded to praise God everywhere at all times.
When we praise God, we fulfill God's commandment to do so.
Psalm 150:2 records two reasons to praise God:
- Praise God for His powerful acts.
- Praise God for His surpassing greatness.
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