Admit it! Don’t you really like being given a word of praise after you accomplish something that you really put some effort into?
It seems that it’s in our nature to like being praised. As God made us in His image (Genesis 1:27), I can imagine how pleasing it is for God to hear our praises given to Him.
Here’s 3 simple ways we can offer praises to God:
1. Share our own testimony of what God has done for us.
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. ~ Psalms 18:49
Who can argue with one’s own personal testimony? Share what God has done for you. He’s so good to us that I know we could never run out of praises to give to Him. We honor Him by giving Him the glory for the big things as well as the small things that He’s graciously done for us!
2. Create a praise journal.
Don’t you just love reading and hearing the praises of David in the book of Psalms? I know David encouraged himself in the Lord. This is a habit that we can continue ourselves. It’s extremely hard to grumble when we’re giving praises to God.
Writing down our praises to God and our answered prayers can be encouraging to us in times of trials and distress. It serves as a recorded reminder of what God has done for us. Your praise journal would also make a good item to pass down to your sons and daughters as a part of their inheritance.
3. Sing praises to God.
As we sing hymns at church, we may not really focus on the words we’re singing. We don’t sing in church to simply hear our lovely voices. (It’s a good thing because mine isn’t so lovely… some weeks my voice is REALLY strained — I blame it on allergies. tee hee!) Our hymns focus on praising God. What a wonderful opportunity to focus on singing praises directly and personally to HIM!
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. ~ Psalms 147:1
Singing praises is pleasant and comely. I believe it effects our attitude and yields a grateful spirit. We can sing praises to God while driving our kids to school in the mornings. We can bellow out songs of praises in the shower. We can wake up in the morning with songs of praise. (It’s better than your morning coffee, I guarantee!)
This week, let’s focus on giving Praises to our God above. He’s worthy of our Praise!