What is Praise?

As an introduction to my latest page on Psalm 8, I am bringing you a few points about praise. It had occurred to me that we often hear that we should praise God or we hear the expression, “Praise God!” Well, do we all know what praise is? Do we all know how to praise God? I thought I would offer some of the points that I find interesting.

Praise is honor and adoration given to God. It is not flattery. It comes from the heart and mind in all honesty. The Bible says that all nations should praise the Lord and glorify Him (Ps 117:1; Ps 147:1).

C. S. Lewis says, in Reflections on the Psalms, “The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.” In other words, when you care about something and value it, it is natural for us to praise it. If we care about God and value His presence in our life, then it is natural for us to praise him.

What does praising God do?

Praise honors God. Done from the heart, it demonstrates to God that we appreciate everything He does for us and tells Him we have confidence and trust in Him.

Praise helps us focus on God. It diverts our human anxieties from the common world problems to God, who can help us through every problem.

Praise helps us to know God — His character and attributes — because we will be listing the things He has done and the ways he is good and powerful and just.

Praise breaks the enemy’s hold on our life. Make no mistake about it. Satan hates you and will do anything he can to break your relationship with God.

Praise confuses the forces of evil. (2 Chronicles 20; Ps 8:2; Ps 149:5-9).

Summary

So next time you attend a service and are invited to praise God, make sure that it comes from the heart and mind in all honesty. As a result, you’ll be more open to God and the things He can do and you’ll be better able to rest in the knowledge that He’s watching after you.

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