The Point in Praise

So why does so much of the Bible revolve around praising God?

Why do our church services start with worship songs and clapping?

Does God suffer from an identity crisis? Does he feel bereft of love, dare we say unappreciated, if we forget to praise him?

Or is it about us, recognizing that our love for him is incomplete if we don’t voice it to him? We are drawn closer to him when we lift our hands in praise to him?

Okay, maybe that’s part of it, but there’s another facet to this, also.

Psalm 40:3 says:

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

Do you see it, yet? The reason? It’s right there.

We have a new song, one of praise, and it’s given to us by God.

Here’s why. God knows that when we praise him, publicly and often, others will hear. And yes, we want them to hear, see, maybe even be inconvenienced by our praise.

Why? When they learn what the Lord has done for us, they will fear (respect) his mighty power and put their trust in him.

So, no identity crisis for God. It’s not about us, either, not exclusively.

This is about drawing others to Christ, creating a desire in them for a relationship with our Lord, giving them a reason to rethink where they’ve been and let God led them a new direction.

So, yes, rejoice. Sing at the top of your lungs. In the shower, mowing the grass, washing the car. Even when you’re cooking at the grill. Let the people around you hear.

Your praises to God will lead others to believe on him.

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