Human praise of God is one of the Scripture’s major themes. As such we should make it a part of our daily activities.
Praise comes from a Latin word meaning value or price. Thus, to give praise to God is to proclaim His merit or worth. Many terms are used to express praise in the Bible, including glory, blessing, thanksgiving, and hallelujah. Hallelujah is a literal transliteration of the Hebrew for “Praise the Lord.”
Praise is about God, it is not about us. Praise always begins with God. It is only in God’s willingness to share himself with us, that we are able to enter into His presence. It’s all about God. Praise is not about what we “get out of it.” Praise is not about us feeling close to God, or having a warm fuzzy feeling. Praise is about us worshiping Jesus, it’s about Jesus, and it’s to Jesus and for Jesus.
Praise is not a worldly sacrifice; it is an offering of ourselves in love and adoration to our creator.
The first praise of God in the Bible is recorded in Genesis 14:20 where Abram says, “Blessed be the most high God”. This is a wonderful script for us to follow in our daily lives as we follow the example first laid out in Genesis. And blessed be the most high God . . . What Abram was saying is – Let his name be praised, and I am thankful for all His mercies both temporal and spiritual. All blessings flow from him, we are partakers of those mercies as was Abram and all glory and praise is to be given to Him.
Praising Him contradicts the reality of what life looks like to us sometimes
Praising Him overcomes doubt
Praising Him overcomes sin
Praising Him overcomes sorrow
Praising Him overcomes pain
Praising Him overcomes our own unbelief
In life many times we learn to give things because we receive reciprocally – we give to get. Praising God is not like putting our money in the soda pop machine thinking we will get the good stuff in return. Praising Him is our recognition that we have already received all that He has given us and we are thankful. In Grace we have already received it all, and in praise to His name we worship Him as we are partakers of that grace in Christ Jesus. Praise demonstrates our belief in His promises, the confidence in His supply and our comfort in His grace.
He paid it all, and I praise Him for it. Hallelujah.
Psalm 33:1 The righteous sing joyfully to the Lord, and the just praise him.
- Inspirational Bible Verses- Being Saved Born Again – Romans 10:9 (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- Divine Grace (faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com)
- Incredible God – Incredible Praise! (ministerlp.wordpress.com)