Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. – Psalm 103:1-2
When was the last time you raved over a restaurant where you ate at or the meal that you had? What was the last thing you recommended your friend to go try or watch?
Who was the last person you shared about what God was doing in your life? Have you been more overwhelmed by the Creator instead of the created?
I think we have a misconception about what praising God is. We may think we should only be praising God on Sundays during worship and that’s where it ends for the week. But we have only scratched the surface and have totally missed the point!
Praising God, I think can be a challenge for us from time to time in the business of life and through trials. Something great will happen to us and often times we forget to praise God for it, let alone share it with our neighbours that don’t know Him. I don’t know about you but that happens to me more than I’d like to admit. Our desire to praise God is to give Him the highest glory. The reason why we praise God is because He’s given us the ultimate gift of his Son’s sacrifice that we may have new life!
Let the whole earth sing to the LORD ! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD ! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! Honour and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. O nations of the world, recognize the LORD, recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The LORD reigns!” – 1 Chronicles 16:23-31
This concept of praise may not come naturally but we can develop the “muscle” so that it can be our usual in every circumstance. I believe that we can never stop growing in our relationship with God because He is so complex and I continue to be amazed by how He works through everything!
As we dig deeper into what God has done for us in our individual lives, seeing it all around us, shouldn’t that make us want to shout for joy and sing so loudly. How can we dig deeper so that our joy overflows which results in praise?
C.S. Lewis said, “all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise.”
How often is it when our enjoyment of spending time with Jesus overflows into sharing about what He is working on in our hearts? How can we change that today, right this moment? I pray that as we spend more time with Jesus, our praise overwhelms us and overflows in us to the point we can’t contain the excitement of how good He is! This is what we’re called to do so how can we make that happen?! I believe that deep, pure joy is directly found in our relationship with God.
Suggestions to work on our praise God “muscle”:
- Write down the things that He’s done for you throughout your life
- Write down things that He has done for you today
- Shouting with triumph of what He’s done
- Lifting our hands up during worship as a sign of our adoration
- Getting excited by clapping or speaking back when something during the sermon grabs your attention
- Memorize a verse that specifically is about praising God
- Worship by serving practically to build the Kingdom
- Sharing with people about what God has done and is currently doing!
So what can you praise God for?
Check out this article about how C.S. Lewis book “Reflections of the Psalms” is expanded: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/praise-the-consummation-of-joy#praise-completes-our-joy