Why Do We Praise God?
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“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” (Psalm 34:1)
A young man said to me, “the Bible is forever telling us to praise God. What kind of a God is He that He needs a pat on the back all the time?”
No, God doesn’t need our praises. He doesn’t need us at all. You see, long before there were humans, there was God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They praised each other all the time for the sheer joy of it. Persons in love do that. They worked together. They created everything together. They lived in perfect love and harmony.
Then why create humans who cause Him so much trouble? God is love and love reaches out. One day God said, “Let us make humankind after our image and invite them to join the circle of love.” So God created Adam and Eve and placed them into a beautiful garden. For a long time they enjoyed perfect fellowship with God and with each other. They experienced absolute delight in each other. There was no problem with praising God then.
One day Satan came along and said, “You don’t need God. You can be your own god.” Adam and Eve broke away from the circle of love. Ever since then, they’ve reaped a stream of broken relationships, vertically and horizontally. Being focused on themselves, they found it hard to praise God. Like them, we’ve become self-focused and need to be reminded that God deserves our praise.
When we praise God, we do ourselves a favor: we become ourselves. In Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddel makes the famous quote: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
When we praise God our focus is on Him and we receive strength to face the challenges of each day with confidence and peace. We reach our highest potential.
Father, I praise you for Who you are: always faithful, always loving, always wanting my best. Amen.
Question: What are some ways you show praise and thankfulness to God?
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