I will exalt you, my God, and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. -Psalm 145:1-3
I love to sing. I sing wherever and whenever I can. Sadly, the past two years during the summer, I lose my voice. So, instead of singing, I whisper the words to the songs.
I must admit, it’s difficult to find ways to praise God other than singing when my voice is gone. I can give praise in my prayers. I can praise God by sharing words of praise via social media, etc. I also give thanks in a journal of 1,000 plus gifts to praise God for.
I have so many reasons to praise God. Even in chronic illness, I can still praise.
God is awesome! He is amazing! He is worthy of praise.
God didn’t give me these illnesses. He didn’t make me suffer. He is however, with me every day. I sense his presence with me. He fills my heart with joy.
How do I have this joy? How do I know that God is with me?
I spend time with him. I spend time reading his word. I spend time talking to him. I spend time praising him.
So, what is praise? The Oxford dictionary defines praise as a verb and a noun. The verb form of praise is expressing warm approval or admiration of and expressing one’s respect and gratitude towards (a deity), especially in song. The noun form of praise is approval or admiration for someone or something and the expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship.
When we praise God, we are approving and admiring who he is. We are showing him respect and gratitude for all he does. We are giving him admiration and approval and respect, honour, and gratitude.
People say they find it hard to praise the Lord in difficult times. My friends, this is the time we should be praising even more! Praising God actually, fills our hearts with joy and peace. Praising him, helps us through the difficult times. Praising God puts our focus on him and not our circumstances. Trust me when I say this, it makes a massive difference in our lives when we praise the Lord during difficult times.
The psalmist says “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day: yes, I will praise you forever!” (vs 1 & 2). He didn’t say I will exalt you and praise your name just when things are going well. He says “I will praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day and forever!”
You can sing praises to God. This is often the easiest way of praising him. There are many hymns and songs which lift up the name of God and Jesus. You can find many songs on Youtube.
You can write out a praise song to God. Write out why he is worthy of praise. God sees what you are writing so this can be a way of praise.
Talk to God. Just tell him how wonderful he is. Tell him what is on your heart.
What is holding you back from praising the Lord? If you don’t know where to begin or what to say, Psalms 133-150 are a great place to start. Read the words out loud. Write them down, one Psalm a day. Pray the words to God that speak to your heart.
Take some time each day to praise the Lord. I promise you, it will not only bless God, but it will bless you as well.
Praise the Lord. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Amen