Praise is the expression of approval and adoration. When we praise, we glorify,
we worship, we celebrate, we exalt, and we bless someone or something. For the
Christian, praise to God is an expression of worship, lifting-up and glorifying the
Lord. It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon
the Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration and thanksgiving.
We know it is a good thing to praise the Lord (Psalm 92:1) and but sometimes we
may not feel like praising Him. At other times we may be struggling or are weary
and we just don’t praise Him. Still other times, we may feel as if God has let us
down, so we decide that He does not deserve our praise at that moment. Or
sometimes it may feel as though He is far away and does not really care about
what is troubling us. The painful blows and losses in life may have sent us spiraling
down to the point where we neglect to praise Him.
One of the reasons for not being in the mood of praising God is that we have not
personally experienced the power in praise that deepens our understanding of
praise and that propels us to praise God even when we don’t feel like doing so.
The Bible says that God inhabits in the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3). In
other words, God “dwells” in the atmosphere of His praise. This means that praise
is more than a reaction of coming into His presence… praise to God is a vehicle of
faith which takes us into His presence and power! Praise invites His presence, and
our spirit is refreshed and renewed. God dwells close to us when we praise Him,
we are strengthened by His peace, abundant joy and unending pleasures. You
reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand
are eternal pleasures (Psalms 16:11).
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, in the name of Jesus, please let me experience for myself
the power in praise so that Your praise will continually flow from my heart and be
in my mouth.