“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).
Dictionary Meaning: the act of expressing approval or administration, commendation. the offering of grateful homage in words or act of worship to God.
Even the dictionary knows what it means to give praise to God. Now looking more into the bible at people who knew what it meant to praise.
David knew what happens when he praised. He knew how to get to the heart of God through praise. Through out the book of psalms it is full of praise. That’s why God called him the man after my heart, because true praise gets to the heart of God. With all the things David did to disobey and sin against God, he still loved him, because he knew how to praise him. David praised God so much he became naked in the presence of his servants and wife but he did not care, even though people around him thought he was crazy. David was a king with royal robes, and him dancing naked was him removing his royal robes, so he took off his title and became bare before God to give the praise he saw worthy. 2 Samuel 6. Praise can make you do things, you never felt to do. When you know God has accepted your praise, the joy that fills you is indescribable. In praise comes liberty, joy, peace and so much more, because you are concentrating on giving God your best.
Paul and Silas – Acts 16 v 19-26
25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
When they were imprisoned they were still praying and praising, through this they got their breakthrough and also the freedom of others. When you praise it can become contagious, doesn’t just set you free, but others around you.
God loves people that praise, he dwells in the atmosphere of praise “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Psalms 22:3 When God is happy with you, get ready for blessings you cannot imagine.
As Christians we are meant to praise every minute of our lives, whether good or bad. Praise is not just in songs, in the dictionary meaning earlier ” the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship to God” Praise and Worship work together, but there is a difference with the two. In praise you are showing your appreciation to God, in worship you are loving on him.“ He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes” Deut 10:21. By praising God you are worshipping him, and we are meant to worship God in everything we do.
It’s an ungrateful heart that doesn’t praise or a heart full of pride, which is very dangerous. A prideful man would only want the praise to himself, that is why he cannot truly praise. Only a humble and genuine heart can be accepted before God “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14 . “For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation” Psalms 149:4
Sometimes it is quite difficult to pray, try praise it will open the door . It helps to break the barrier. Reasons to praise: There is only one, because he is God, the creator of heaven and earth, the one that woke you up this morning, provided the food you are about to eat or just ate, gave you the job you are going to tomorrow, watches over you, answers you when you call, he is omnipotent, omniscient, omni-benevolent omnipresent. saved you from that accident, didn’t leave you when there was no one around, and I can carry on, but am sure you can continue. Also sometimes if you need something from God, such as favour, a miracle, blessing, or healing praise can activate it.
However, you cannot truly praise God if your life is full of sin, it wont be true liberty, but thank God his mercies are new every morning, so you can come to his presence. With Knowledge comes understanding.There is no reason to give God a rubbish praise, if you know you can’t give him your best, better not to say anything at all. A rubbish praise is an insult to God. Also it says ” let everything that has breath praise the Lord” Psalms 150:6 you do not have an excuse not to praise, unless you want a stone or tree to replace you. If you don’t they will. By you choosing not to praise, you are only shutting your heaven, because if you don’t someone or something will. Now you know, for you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Start applying to your lives and am sure you will notice a difference. Some people know this truth but haven’t applied it, do not be one of them.
God bless xx