In our last two teachings, we tried to understand what praise is and its expressions. We are now going to look at six reasons that we are to praise God. There could be more reasons than this, but I believe these are the essential reasons that God brings out in His Word.
1) God tell us to do this.
Psalms 105:2 – “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts”
The Bible tells us to praise God. This is not something optional. He expects our praise. We can give others praise, which is good and fine, but we must not neglect our duty to praise God. Some would say, it should not be called a duty. Yet, it is our duty. At the same time, I hope that this is not the sole reason that you are giving God praise. Do you realize that a person who does not praise God is sinning?
2) God inhabits the praise of his people.
Ps. 22:3 – “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel” (KJV)
Ps. 22:3 – “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” (NASB)
What are these verses saying?
He loves our praise. Our praises are like a wonderful aroma. It gives Him pleasure. It excites Him. Some of us have never pictured God as being excited. Many of us picture Him as some somber being out there somewhere.
We may have heard the expression that we shower people with praise. I am not sure of the origin of this expression. Yet, most of us enjoy a good shower. Whether it be a rain shower, or hot shower when it is cold and a cold shower when it is hot. It is the same when we praise God. I sometimes picture God taking a bath when we shower Him with praise. This may be sacrilege and an offense to some, but to me it is a beautiful picture of God enjoying His people’s praises.
He loves to be close to those who praise Him. We know that God is present everywhere, and in essence, He is always near. Yet, there a special bond or a special sense of His presence when we praise Him.
He is active or present in a special way when we praise Him. Praise releases God’s active power in our lives. When someone praises you, do you not have a renewed appreciation of the person, which often makes you want to reciprocate in some way. I don’t believe it is any different with God. When you are under appreciated, how does that effect your relationship with that person? Usually in a negative way. It is the same with God.
Praise gets our eyes off of us and onto God, which allows God to do a special work in our lives. God loves our praise, but praising God is more beneficial to us than to Him. God doesn’t need our encouragement or praise in the same way that we need praise from others. Yet, He expects our praise and loves our praise.
3) It is good to give Him praise.
Ps. 92:1- “It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;”
This is connected to why God inhabits our praise. When we praise Him, it is good for us to do this.
4) He is worthy of our praise.
Revelation 4:11- “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created.”
He is worthy of our praise because He created us and all things. It is by His mighty power that He sustains us and all of creation. He is worthy of our praise because He gave us salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. There are countless other reasons that we could mention why He is worthy of our praise.
5) We were created to praise Him.
I Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”
God chose us and saved us that we might declare His praises. This is not only declaring His praises with our lips, but by our actions. Your actions can bring God praise, or bring Him dishonor. When we fulfill our priesthood by being a true representation of God and by bringing others into right relationship with God, we are giving Him praise. When we live a holy life by obeying His commands and bearing the fruit of the Spirit, we bring God praise. Yet, when we do the opposite of these things that I have just mentioned, we are dishonoring God.
6) It releases the power of God to act on our behalf.
References: 2 Chronicles 20:1-6, 11-29, Acts 16:22-34
In our next article, we will dive into this last reason to praise God.