Most Christians have heard about the power of prayer, but I have found that far too few have heard about the power of praise. Have you? Your answer to this question can be determined by the confession of your life as it relates to praising God. Everything in the created order—including you—was created by God as a hymn of praise to His glorious name.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150:6)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
It’s easy to praise God for a glorious sunset, a gracious providence, a good gift, or a generous blessing. But do we praise our God simply for being our God . . . the only One who is worthy of our continual praise?
Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise . . . (Psalm 48:1)
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4)
Great is our God, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, who was and is and is to come. So now, beyond the fact that we have been commanded to praise God, who is wholly worthy of our praise as the King of kings and the Lord of lords, let me share with you some other reasons for praising God that we might easily overlook:
- Praising God pleases Him
- Praising God points others to Him
- Praising God proves His presence
- Praising God purges our pride
- Praising God proclaims our love
- Praising God protects us from Satan’s power
- Praising God produces more praise for God
Because Jesus was the final sacrifice for all those who would, by grace through faith, trust in Him for eternal life, the only sacrifice left for us to offer is a sacrifice of praise. Awe and reverence for our Redeemer is the mark of a sacrifice of praise, and it produces a peace that passes all earthly understanding within those who are doing the praising.
You see, because we are made in the image of God, we were made for praising God. And the more our lives are marked by praise, the more we connect with our humanity. Adam and Eve denied their humanity when they turned away from God and leaned toward the serpent. But now, even though the image of God in us is marred by sin, we can still connect at the deepest level of our humanity when we praise the One who created us to glorify His name.
Plug into the power of praise and let it light up your life, both for God’s glory and the good of others!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!