Praise is the expression of adoration. When we praise God, we celebrate, we exalt, and we worship Him. As blood-washed believers, we should praise God for His many blessings, because He is good, and His mercy is everlasting. Even when we don’t feel like praising God, the question we should ask ourselves is: “What does my problem have to do with my praise”?
Here are some reasons to praise God, especially in tough times:
- Praise invites His presence.
- Praise takes the focus off us and directs it back to God.
- Praise causes the enemy of our spirit to flee.
- Praise leaves no room for complaints and negativity.
- Praise opens the door to God’s blessings over our lives.
- Praise refreshes and renews our spirit.
- Praise encourages others.
- Every day, at every opportunity, we should praise the Lord. In good times and bad; in sickness and health; with or without a job, we should make Psalm 150 a part of our daily experience: “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Pastor R. Mario Howell