We naturally praise God when times are easy, but what about when times are hard? Do we purposefully praise God in the midst of grief, loss, and struggle? Can we praise Him now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? We know God always deserves our praise, no matter our temporary circumstances. However, we may not realize the great benefits of praise for us.
What is “Praise?”
Praise is humble adoration of our Almighty God. It recognizes God’s exalted position and divine qualities. Praise voices sincere and deep gratitude for who God is and what He has done. As we praise Him, we submit ourselves to the One who is worthy and express devotion for the One whose love is unfailing.
Why should we praise God?
God not only commands us to praise Him, He made us for that very purpose. We were created to worship the Creator. God made us for Himself (Colossians 3:16). He formed us for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Our eternal purpose is to glorify and worship the Creator in relationship with Him. God hard-wired us to praise Him.
The psalmist David declared he would praise the LORD at all times, whether those times were good or bad. He cultivated a constant attitude of praise. David also urged the afflicted, the poor, the needy to join him in praising God. To rejoice in the Lord together.
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3
Benefits of Praise
David’s call to praise is also for us today. Praise glorifies God, but it’s also good for us. (See Psalm 34:1-8).
- Praise refocuses our minds on God and connects our hearts with His.
- Praise fosters awareness of God’s presence with us.
- Praise push the worries of this life into the background.
- Praise reminds us of who God is and what He has done.
- Praise recalls God’s past provision, thus strengthening our hope in His future deliverance.
- Praise voices our dependence on God, relieving our fears.
- Praise helps develop an eternal perspective, paving the way for God’s peace.
- Praise opens our hearts to receive God’s joy.
- Praise fulfills the purpose for which we were created, bringing fulfillment.
As God’s people, we are obligated to praise Him. But this obligation is not a burden. Instead, praise ushers us into the presence of our Burden Bearer. No one who rejoices in God will ever be disappointed. He hears our praise. He is our Deliverer and our Savior.
When was the last time you purposefully praised God? God longs to bless you through regular times of worship, both individually and with other believers. Like David, will you commit to praise God in both good times and bad?