What is Praising God?
Praising God is saying words or singing songs that bless and give thanks to God. Every Christian must worship God. Many Christians only worship and sing praises to God when they go to the church. Christians should also spend time worshiping God when they are outside the church. Every day, you should set apart some time to worship and sing praises to God. While driving the car to another destination, you can turn on a Christian praise song track on the CD/DVD player and listen to it. When you are not at home, you can turn on the Christian praise song on CD/DVD player or a radio so that God’s presence will fill your house. God’s presence will fill your house when you sing praises to him.
Why Praise God?
We praise God to make known his name to other people. Psalm 95:2 states that we must come before the presence of God with thanksgiving and make joyful noise to him with psalms. 1 Chronicles 16:8 states that we must give thanks to God so that his name will be made known among the nations. When you praise God, people will learn about the God and this produces a good testimony to others. If you are a Christian and you always grumble about your situation, people will not want to know about your God. No matter in what circumstances, you must praise God and proclaim that he will accomplish the things you have prayed for. In this way, God’s name will be exalted and praised. In James 3:6, the tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the members of your body. It defiles the whole body, set fire on the course of your life and it is set on fire of hell.
We praise God because God is good and his love endures forever (Psalm 106:1). God is good to the righteous and wicked (Matthew 5:45). God can bless us in many ways including family, job, finance, and etc. In Acts 14:17, God did not leave us without testimony. God has shown kindness to us by giving us rain from heaven, crops in their seasons, plenty of foods and fills our hearts with joy. In Jeremiah 5:24, God is the one who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assure us of the regular harvest weeks. We should thank God for our lives. God is the author of life (Acts 3:15). He is the one who gives us the breath of life so that we can live. Everything that you have is from God so you should always thank and praise him. We must be humble and attribute the successes we have in our lives to God. God resist the proud and exalt the humble (James 4:6). In Colossians 1:16, all things were created by God, whether in heaven, or earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers.
We should give praise to God in whatever things we do. In Colossians 3:17, we should give thanks to God in all that we do. No matter what we do in word or deed, we should do it all in Jesus name. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory. In Ephesians 5:20, we should always give thanks to God, the Father, for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Colossians 3:15, we must be thankful to God. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have received from God so you must honor God with your body. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, your body is God’s temple because God’s spirit lives in you. Therefore, you should use your body to glorify God in every way you can.
We should give thanks and praise God because God always gives us victory in all we do. If you are faithful to God and obey his commandments, God will always make you the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13; Deuteronomy 28:1; Deuteronomy 26:19; Deuteronomy 15:6). He will bless everything that your hand puts to work. In 2 Corinthians 2:14, God always causes us to triumph in Christ, make manifest the savior of his knowledge by us in every place.
If you always praise God, God will make all things well with you. Even when you are in a troubled circumstance, you must praise God and not grumble and blame God. Sometimes, God put problems in our paths so that he can test our faith. The devil can also put problems to test us to see if we will remain faithful to God. If you grumble and blame God for your problem, you are glorifying the devil. The devil will be happy when he sees you grumbling. The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy. His sole purpose is to lead you away from God no matter what technique he uses. Instead, you should put your hope in God and praise him (Psalm 43:5). You should smile instead of fretting and looking gloomy when you face problem. We should cast all our anxieties on God because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22; Psalm 37:7). We should trust in God with all our hearts and no lean on our own understanding. We should acknowledge God in all our ways and God will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). In Psalm 84:4, blessed are those who dwell in God’s house because they are ever praising God.
We should praise God because he is God, our creator (Psalm 150:6). God created us so that we can praise him. God made the earth and every natural objects such as trees, flowers, hills, mountains, streams, rivers and animals. At first, God make man and woman as pure creatures. They don’t know right and wrong so they are not sinning. God make Adam ruler over the plants and animals. Man was created to be the highest authority over all creatures (Genesis 1:29-30). God did this because he wanted us to be happy. He wanted us to enjoy living on the earth. When we see the beautiful natural environment, we should give thanks to God for creating all these for us. God is manifested by the natural surroundings so that he is not too far from every human being.
How to Praise God?
We can praise God with words and songs from our lips. You can sing spiritual song through the Holy Spirit to praise God. We should use hymns, psalms and spiritual songs to praise God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We can use all kinds of music instruments to praise God (Psalm 150:3-5). We can praise God through many aspects of our lives including lifestyle, job, family and etc. In every aspect of our lives, we must make sure it produces good testimony so that people will want to come and believe in Jesus Christ when they see you (1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Peter 3:16).