Throughout scripture, God is very insistent about praise. I
suspect we have much to learn about the amazing, mysterious power of this humble activity.
When we praise we seem to be acknowledging His supremacy and authority in our lives.
Through praise we are stating that we are weak and He is strong. Praise makes room in our
hearts for God's will to be done, and recognizes the absurdity of any attempt to
manipulate God in prayer. He is sovereign. This awesome Creator, who loves us so much that
He sent Jesus to die for us that we might have a place in His family, deserves our
adoration and praise. His love for us is outrageous, beyond comprehension..
There is something special about people who praise. They
have a bright light in their eyes that reflects something beyond themselves. People of
praise are people of faith. Their very lives state to the world that they trust their
loving heavenly Father, know He intends goodness for His children, and expect extravagant
answers to prayer.
The very "sacrifice" of praise - working at it
when we don't feel like it - draws us into the presence of the Lord. People of praise
discover that this action of the heart, the mind (and sometimes just the will) is very
healthy for body, mind and spirit. Praise draws us into a healthy mental attitude. Praise
increases our capacity to live and grow in love and holiness. Praise draws us into the
abundant life in which God created us to live. Let us praise God in all things!