“Praise is celebrating God as our heart’s true home.
The Scriptures are filled with injunctions to praise the Lord:
Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the Lord and the king (1 Chronicles 29:20).
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever (Psalm 106:1). “Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord (Psalm 113:1). Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples (Psalm 117:1). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6).
If we are to obey these commands from God, we must first learn what praise is. Praise includes commending; expressing approval or a favorable judgment of; and glorifying, especially by crediting with perfections (see Webster’s, “praise”). “Praise is always turning our attention from ourselves to God. It’s remembering and recounting who He is and what He has done, instead of wallowing in the mire of self-absorption. Truly, we are incredibly self-centered people. Our first thought is always how something or someone is affecting us.
Praise turns our eyes from ourselves to God. It focuses our thoughts on His majesty and power and invites others to do the same. Instead of gazing at our own navel, we raise our eyes and our heart to see His face and to affirm again our awe of Him, our gratitude for His love and mercy, and our absolute dependence on Him.
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