Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
Psalm 135:3 (NKJV)
Life is made of moments of joy and moments of sorrow, as Ecclesiastes also recalls. In moments of sorrow the apostle James exhorts to pray, while in moments of joy he says to praise. "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms"(James 5:13 NKJV). Therefore praise is associated with joy and all living creatures must praise God (Psalm 150:6). The Hebrew text uses different terms to "praise". The first is yadah, which means "to praise, to thank or to confess". The second is zamar: "sing praise". While a third word is halal (the root of hallelujah), which means "to praise, honor or express praise". All three terms contain the idea of thanksgiving and honor to the One who is worthy of praise. He was well aware that he was the one who accompanied the Psalms, a collection of songs overflowing with praise of God. I hope you have experienced the joy of praising God, the best thing to do before any other. If you've ever been in a situation where you felt lonely or did not know what to do, with the praise he let God take over. Christian praise is "the joyful thanksgiving and adoration of God, the celebration of His goodness and His grace". This simply implies that it is due only to God.
And if you look for motivations, find out soon that they are innumerable. God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise regardless. Secondly, praising God is useful and propitious. In doing so we remember His greatness, His power and His presence in our lives. "Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant" (Psalm 135:3). Thirdly, praise infuses strength in faith, which impels God to act on our behalf. "Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger" (Psalm 8:2 NKJV). Praising God also transforms the environment where we are. 2Chronicles 5:13-14 clearly illustrates the change that occurred when the Levites gave praise and thanksgiving to God and the temple was filled with the cloud of God's glory. Fourthly, let us remember that God dwells in praise. Psalm 22:3 says: "But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel". If we want to see a clear manifestation of the blessings of God and grace, we need to praise Him, with all our heart, mind and soul.
We can not know the true joy and benefits of praising God until we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As children of God, He dwells in our bodies through the Holy Spirit. This means that wherever we find ourselves, God must be praised. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s". So do not hold back from praising God, sing hymns, clap your hands, rejoice, because we can give glory and praise to our God with the use of our physical bodies, with our hearts and minds and with our works. There are many ways to praise God! No matter how you pray and worship God, but praise should be a wonder of God's power, love and grace for all of us.
Weekly Bible reading plan
January 14, Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10: 1-20
January 15, Genesis 36-38; Matthew 10: 21-42
January 16, Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11
January 17, Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12: 1-23
January 18, Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12: 24-50
January 19, Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13: 1-30
January 20, Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13: 31-58