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Faith Filled Friday: Praising God

June 4, 2021

by Connie Terpack, June 4, 2021

As Christians we should praise God often, but it is one of my failings. I spend more time asking for help for myself and others than I do in praising and thanking God for the things he did for me.

The Bible has a lot to say about praising and thanking God. There are many different ways to praise God.

I love to sing but have not always thought about that being praise. My mother would not let us sing the popular songs on the radio, so I know mostly hymns and Christmas carols.

Psalm 150 is all about praise. You can praise him with poetry, song, music, and dance. Everything that has breath is supposed to praise God.

Psalm 134 is only three verses but stresses the need to bless the Lord. Verse 2 says: Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. I’ve never been comfortable raising my hands but I have on a few occasions when I felt strongly compelled to.

Psalm 135:1-3 says to praise the Lord and also to praise his name wherever you are. You can be in church or outside in the courtyard. Hopefully, I understood that verse correctly, but I have praised or thanked the Lord while I was driving, watching a TV show, and sometimes in the store.

In Psalm 63:3-5 David tells us that he praises God because his lovingkindness is better than life and that he will bless him while he lives. In verse 5 he says he will bless God with joyful lips. We should always be joyful in the Lord, but I know that is not always easy to do.

In Judges 5:1-3, Deborah and Barak sang praises to the Lord for avenging of Israel. Job went through quite an ordeal in chapter 1 because Satan wanted to see Job’s true feelings. I think Satan was surprised when in Job 1:20-21, Job tore his coat, dropped to the ground and blessed the Lord.

David tells all the great things God is to him in Psalm 18:1-3. He says God is worthy to be praised. Ephesians 5:19-20 says to give thanks always to the Lord and to make a melody in your heart.

Think about how often you praise God. I doubt that we can ever praise Him enough. Let me close with this verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great: thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Psalm 104:1

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