By: Rev. Ed Schneider
The following understanding is incredibly important to grasp and embrace concerning WHY we praise, under what circumstances we are CALLED to praise, and most importantly HOW are we connecting to God THROUGH the very act of praise.
An individual can be assured they are growing personally as well as providing authentic Christian leadership to others when the following statements concerning PRAISE makes perfect sense AND CAN BE EASILY SUPPORTED through the scripture references provided.
Beloved, I am not saying this is the only self-evaluating tool of a Christian’s maturity…but I think it may represent a good starting point. My prayer is you are both challenged as well as encouraged to share and discuss this short list, along with a few associated scriptures with others.
As you read through the next 7 items concerning “praising God” I would encourage you to be as spiritually honest as possible, as it relates to your ability to affirm and personally comply with each statement.
1) God is to be praised because God….is God.
2) God is to be praised not just in His sanctuary on Sunday morning but in the everyday aspects of your daily life.
3) God is to be praised when we wake and as well as when we dream.
4) God is to be praise when it is easy to do so and also when logic suggests otherwise.
5) Praising God should require no thought at all and the very act of praising God should prompt deep, powerful, and humbling introspection.
The following understanding is incredibly important to grasp.
6) Praising God is neither an option for those who believe nor an obligation; it’s an outpouring of an inward, unexplainable, overwhelming reality that cannot remain silent.
7) If you’re embarrassed to praise God openly, fervently and with honest sincerity, the uncomfortable truth is you probably don’t know God at all.
- AGAIN, let me emphasize when any faithful Christian thinks about Praising God they inevitably arrive at a dual reality. Praising God should require BOTH….
1) no thought at all because it seems perfectly reflective of a predisposition “to praise” and
2) the very act of praising God should also prompt deep, powerful, and humbling introspection.
Here are a few scriptural references to think about and spiritually feed from….
nd I will sing praises to You among the nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You