Who Should Praise God?

All Flesh

If all mankind must worship God, as Psalm 145:21 says, no mouth will remain silent, no body will remain static and no hand will cross when exalt Him.

Psalm 145:21: My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

My Soul

My soul has received many benefits from God that it has no reason to avoid praising Him. What would become of my soul, if Jesus had not died on the cross? The fate of the souls of those who have not been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb is eternal death, but the souls of the redeemed on the cross won the victory over death, that alone is a reason to praise.

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

All It Breathes

Breathing is the wind of life and every being dies when he or she can not breathe. I remember the sad death of the wife of my best friend. She was asthmatic and died of respiratory failure on the way to hospital, she was just 33 years old. So while our lungs continue to get air, praise God because we don’t know the moment when our last breath sighs. Just the fact of breathing is reason enough to praise the Lord for allowing us to enjoy a day of the wonders of His creation.

Psalm 150:6: Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

All People

God chose a people, the descendants of Abraham. However, Jesus died on the cross to save all mankind, regardless of race, language or ancestry. Therefore, there is not one people in the world that can feel free to praise God.

Psalm 67:3,5: Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Psalm 78:4: We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalm 79:13: So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

The Righteous

Romans 3:23-24 says: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. All we have been justified by the blood of the Lamb are now righteous in the eyes of God who does not see our human filth but the image of His beloved Son. Now being fair, we have to render praise to the Lord.

Psalm 140:13: Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

The Saints

In Hebrews 10:10 we read, By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. We have been made holy, set apart for God through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, and now, as saints we are, it is our duty to praise Him.

Psalm 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

The Redeemed

God’s Word says in Isaiah 62:12: And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. We, the church, are a holy people, we are the redeemed of the Lord, we are pleasant land, and therefore we have a special reason to live eternally grateful to our God, and to give all the praise to whom deserves everything.

Psalm 107:1-2: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Those who fear the Lord

The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. We have been sanctified through the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, but we must perfect that holiness every day in fear of God, that means to respect and obey His word in everything. As seen before, praise is a mandate and, because we fear God, we praise Him.

Psalm 22:23: Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Servants of God

What a great promise Paul teaches us in Romans 6:22 !: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. We have been not only redeemed, justified and sanctified, but God made us His servants, and as such, available to pay all the praise to Him.

Psalm 113:1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Psalm 134:1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

Psalm 135:1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.

All His Angels

Angels understand very well their role and give eternal and constant praises to God so they do not cease to express His holiness and His greatness.

Psalm 148:2: Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

All Nature

The very nature pays honor and glory to its Creator every moment. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the beauty of creation, which invites us to give all the praise the one who lives forever.

Psalm 148:7-10: Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl.

Kings and peoples

As noted above, all people should praise the Lord and their rulers will do too. No one will be powerful enough on earth that has not praise the Lamb, as Paul says in Philippians 2:10-11: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalm 148:11,13: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Blessings for everybody!

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¿Quién Debe Alabar a Dios?

Todo Mortal

Si todo mortal debe alabar a Dios, tal como dice el Salmo 145:21, ninguna boca habrá de permanecer callada, ningún cuerpo habrá de permanecer estático y ninguna mano quedará cruzada al momento de exaltarlo a Él.

Salmo 145:21: ¡Bendiga todo mortal su santo nombre, eternamente y para siempre!

Mi Alma

Mi alma ha recibido tantos beneficios de Dios que no tiene ningún motivo para no alabarle. ¿Qué hubiese sido de mi alma si Jesús no hubiese muerto en la cruz? El destino de las almas de quienes no han sido redimidos por la sangre del Cordero es la muerte eterna; pero las almas de los redimidos obtuvieron en la cruz la victoria sobre la muerte, eso solamente es un motivo para alabar.

Salmo 103:1-2: Bendice, oh alma mía, a Jehová. Bendiga todo mi ser su santo nombre. Bendice, oh alma mía, a Jehová, y no olvides ninguno de sus beneficios.

Todo lo que Respira

La respiración es el aliento de la vida y todo ser muere cuando no puede respirar. Recuerdo la triste muerte de la esposa de mi mejor amigo. Ella era asmática y murió de un paro respiratorio camino al hospital, tenía tan solo 33 años. Por eso, mientras nuestros pulmones continúen recibiendo aire, alabemos a Dios porque no sabemos el momento en el cual suspiraremos nuestro último aliento. Tan solo el hecho  de respirar es un motivo suficiente para alabar al Señor por permitirnos disfrutar un día más de las maravillas de Su creación.

Salmo 150:6: ¡Todo lo que respira alabe a Jehová! ¡Aleluya!

Todos los Pueblos

Dios escogió un pueblo, los descendientes de Abraham. Sin embargo, Jesús murió en la cruz para salvar a toda la humanidad, sin importar su raza, lengua o linaje. Por eso, no hay un solo pueblo en el mundo que pueda sentirse exento de alabar a Dios.

Salmo 67:3,5: ¡Los pueblos te alaben, oh Dios! ¡Todos los pueblos te alaben! ¡Los pueblos te alaben, oh Dios! ¡Todos los pueblos te alaben!

Salmo 78:4: No las encubriremos a sus hijos. A la generación venidera contaremos las alabanzas de Jehová, y de su poder y de las maravillas que hizo.

Salmo 79:13: Entonces nosotros, pueblo tuyo y ovejas de tu prado, te confesaremos para siempre; por generación y generación contaremos de tus alabanzas.

Los Justos

Dice Romanos 3:23-24: por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios, siendo justificados gratuitamente por su gracia, mediante la redención que es en Cristo Jesús. Todos los que hemos sido justificados por la sangre del Cordero ahora somos justos ante los ojos de Dios quien no ve nuestra inmundicia humana sino la imagen de Su Hijo amado. Siendo ahora justos, nos toca rendirle alabanza al Señor.

Salmo 140:13: Ciertamente los justos darán gracias a tu nombre; los rectos morarán en tu presencia.

Los Santos

En Hebreos 10:10 leemos: En esa voluntad somos santificados mediante la ofrenda del cuerpo de Jesucristo hecha una vez para siempre. A través de la sangre derramada por Jesús en la cruz hemos sido hechos santos, separados para Dios y ahora, como santos que somos, es nuestro deber alabarle.

Salmo 145:10: Te alaben,  oh Jehová,  todas tus obras, y tus santos te bendigan.

Los Redimidos

Dice la Palabra de Dios en Isaías 62:12: Y les llamarán Pueblo Santo, Redimidos de Jehová; y a ti te llamarán Ciudad Deseada, no desamparada. Nosotros, la iglesia somos un pueblo santo, somos los redimidos del Señor, somos tierra deseable y, por lo tanto, tenemos un motivo especial para vivir eternamente agradecido de nuestro Dios y rendirle toda la alabanza a quien todo lo merece.

Salmo 107:1-2: ¡Alabad a Jehová, porque es bueno; porque para siempre es su misericordia! Díganlo los redimidos de Jehová, los que ha redimido del poder del enemigo.

Los que Temen Al Señor

El apóstol Pablo nos dice en 2 Corintios 7:1: Así que, amados, puesto que tenemos tales promesas, limpiémonos de toda contaminación de carne y de espíritu, perfeccionando la santidad en el temor de Dios. Hemos sido santificados mediante el sacrificio vicario de Jesús en la cruz; pero esa santidad la debemos perfeccionar día a día en el temor de Dios, es decir en respetar Su palabra y obedecerlo en todo. Como ya habíamos visto antes, la alabanza es un mandato y, como tenemos temor de Dios, lo alabamos.

Salmo 22:23: Los que teméis a Jehová, alabadle; glorificadle, todos los descendientes de Jacob. Temedle vosotros, todos los descendientes de Israel.

Los Siervos de Dios

¡Qué gran promesa nos enseña Pablo en Romanos 6:22!: Mas ahora que habéis sido libertados del pecado y hechos siervos de Dios, tenéis por vuestro fruto la santificación, y como fin, la vida eterna. No solo hemos sido redimidos, justificados y santificados, sino que Dios nos hizo Sus siervos y, como tales, disponibles para rendirle toda la alabanza.

Salmo 113:1: ¡Aleluya! ¡Alabad, oh siervos de Jehová, alabad el nombre de Jehová!

Salmo 134:1: He aquí, bendecid a Jehová, vosotros, todos los siervos de Jehová, que estáis en la casa de Jehová por las noches.

Salmo 135:1: ¡Aleluya! ¡Alabad el nombre de Jehová! Alabadle, oh siervos de Jehová.

Todos Sus Ángeles

Los ángeles entiende muy bien su función y le rinden eterna y constante alabanzas a Dios pues no cesan de expresar Su santidad y Su grandeza.

Salmo 148:2: ¡Alabadle, vosotros todos sus ángeles! ¡Alabadle, vosotros todos sus ejércitos!

Toda la Naturaleza

La naturaleza misma le rinde honor y gloria a su creador a cada instante. Algunas veces nos sentimos sobrecogidos ante la belleza de la creación, la cual nos invita a darle toda la alabanza al que vive para siempre.

Salmo 148:7-10: Alabad a Jehová desde la tierra, los grandes animales acuáticos y todos los océanos, el fuego y el granizo, la nieve y el vapor, el viento tempestuoso que ejecuta su palabra, los montes y todas las colinas, los árboles frutales y todos los cedros, los animales y todo el ganado, los reptiles y las aves que vuelan.

Reyes y Pueblos

Como vimos antes, todos los pueblos deben alabar al Señor y con ellos, también sus gobernantes habrán de hacerlo. No habrá nadie lo suficientemente poderoso sobre la tierra que no haya de alabar al Cordero, tal como nos dice Pablo en Filipenses 2:10-11: para que en el nombre de Jesús se doble toda rodilla de los que están en los cielos, y en la tierra, y debajo de la tierra; y toda lengua confiese que Jesucristo es el Señor, para gloria de Dios Padre.

Salmo 148:11,13: Los reyes de la tierra y todas las naciones, los príncipes y todos los jueces de la tierra, Alaben el nombre de Jehová, porque solo su nombre es sublime; su majestad es sobre tierra y cielos.

Bendiciones para todos.

Why Should We Praise God?

As soon as we learn to speak, one of the first words we utter is “why.” Every boy and every girl of three years, regardless of race or language, asks his parents the reason for the things he or she looks every day. When asked “why” we are requiring more information, we ask our interlocutor to better explain to us what he or she just said, we are investigating the motive or reason for performing an action.

Then, let discover together the motives and reasons to praise God. Perhaps some of these reasons are sufficiently obvious that do not require much explanation. At best, you may already know one or two of them. But to be sure that we are praising God in His way, the best source of information to find the reasons to praise is His Holy Word, the written legacy that God himself has provided.

Because He is Worthy of Praise

How can we not praise who redeemed us? But God is not only worthy to be praised for what he has done for us, He also has plenty of qualities to deserve all the praise for ever and ever.

2 Samuel 22:4: I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalm 96:4: For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

Because He is worthy of thanksgiving

God has done so much for us that deserves our continuing gratitude. When we look at the place where He took us, when we understand that He has given us eternal life, when we remember the high price of our redemption, the conclusion is clear and overwhelming: God is worthy of us to give thanks in every moment of our lives.

Psalm 107:1,2,8: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Because He is Great

No one is greater than God. If you look closely at the heavens and the huge amount of stars that compose it and then look at what our planet is tiny compared to the vastness of the universe, the next obvious question is: will the universe be larger  than its creator? The answer is definitely NO, God is greater than all the things He has created, and by His greatness, He deserves our praise.

Psalm 48:1: Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psalm 96:4: For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

Because He is Exalted in Feats

God is the final authority, the highest power exists. He existed before all things and He is greater than all of them. His exploits are powerful: he opened the Red Sea and the Jordan River for His people to cross, He broke down the strong walls of Jericho, Jesus rose victorious over death and many other feats more.

Psalm 150:2: Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Because He chose us to glorify Him

What honorable privilege! The Almighty God has chosen us to glorify Him! Possessing such an honorable distinction invites us to praise Him every day of our lives.

Luke 10:20: Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Psalm 50:23: Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Psalm 69:30: I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Because Praise is A Commandment

Praising God is one of our responsibilities, it is in our job description. Praise is not optional, it is an obligation for us, it is part of our commitment with God, it is what we have to make of our covenant with Him.

Psalm 149:1: Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Ephesians 5:19: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Revelation 19:5: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Because He is Good

God is good and does not send us anything that is not good because He would deny His own nature. So, if praise is a commandment, praise should be good.

Psalm 92:1-2: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

Because it is Pleasant

While the praise is a sacrificial act, this fact does not make it unpleasant. On the contrary, we will see how nice it is the praise when we understand that God is pleased with it.

Psalm 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Because it is Beautiful

Praise is not only pleasant but also good and beautiful because when we praise God it is like if we were presenting him a precious gift.

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

Some people are afraid to praise God, because they consider it is not something worthwhile. This is totally contrary to the Word of God.

2 Samuel 6:14-16,21-23: And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

Because God Inhabits Praise

When our house is full of praise, it also filled with God. By surrounding ourselves with praise, we surround ourselves with the Presence of God. That we’ve seen every time we celebrate the night of praise and worship in our home.

Psalm 22:3: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Because Praise Frees Stronghold

When we focus on our problems, we are overwhelmed, weak and powerless, especially when we realize that the solution is far beyond our means. But when we praise God, instead of bitching and moaning, we feel stronger because faith replaces doubt and uncertainty. So, we understand that it is not within our power but God fights for us.

Nehemiah 8:10: Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Psalm 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Because Praise Brings Satisfaction

The soul who praises enjoys being with the Lord and God is for granting the desires of its heart. It is good to note that the praise has to come first, before we receive the reward or blessing. The reason is that the praise put our priorities in order and then God can give us the desires of our heart because, when we take care first of his own, He will take over and grant our wishes.

Psalm 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Because Praise Brings Victory

In the daily struggles of life, praise leads to victory. In Scripture there are several examples of victories after the praise, like Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah (2 Chronicles 20:21-26) or the release of Paul and Silas (Acts 16:22).

Psalm 18:3: I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Chronicles 20:21-22: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

Because He Created us to Praise Him

God created us in order to praise Him. But do not think that God is a selfish and egocentric being who is only looking for personal satisfaction without thinking about anyone else. In contrast, although sometimes we disobey and turn away from His ways, He always waits for our repentance, forgiveness and welcome us back with Him. His love is so great that recognizes our transgressions and weaknesses and never fails to give us opportunities to change direction.

Isaiah 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

1 Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Because Praise Helps us to Remember His Work in Our Lives

When we praise God, our spirit is passing the film of all the wonderful things He has given us. Everyone has particular reasons to praise God, salvation and eternal life, healing, deliverance, family restoration, etc.

2 Samuel 22:4: I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalm 71:8-16: Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

Because Praise gives Testimony to Unbelievers

Paul and Silas were released after praising God and was a great testimony to his jailer, who after this thought. In our daily walk, if we continually praise God in the midst of trials, instead of being participants in the mourning for the crisis, many people will want to have what we have: the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Acts 16:25: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Blessings for everybody.

Barriers to Praise

The inability to enter into praise and worship is a sign that there is a substantial problem between God and us. The first thing to do is to identify the problem or problems (if more than one) and then deal with them properly. The same barriers that prevent us from praising God, may slow progress in our relationship with Him, stop that our prayers are answered or prevent us from being healed. Among the most common excuses are:

• “I’m an introvert!”
• “I am very shy, I’m embarrassed!”
• “I’m not very expressive!
• “It does not go with my personality!”
• “I do not feel motivated to do it!”

But, praise is a commandment from God and no excuse is valid!

Psalm 150:6: Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

All previous excuses and many more that have not been presented here are just pretexts intended to conceal the real barriers that prevent our praise to God. Below are the obstacles.

Sin

The Problem. Sin destroys our friendship and fellowship with God. Sin hinders us in the Presence of God. We feel dirty and we believe it is inappropriate to approach Him knowing His holiness and purity. Surely God is incompatible with sin and He invites us to be holy like Him. Some people are so accustomed to sin that are insensitive to identify as the reason that separates them from God. It’s like people who are accustomed to their own odors and do not distinguish when they smell bad

Psalm 66:18:  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The solution. Fortunately, God does not act the same way as us. Of course, all sin is an offense against God, but what we must do it is to confess our sin or sins and accept His forgiveness. God as the father of the prodigal son, will wait for us with open arms to give  back all His love and friendship. He will never reject a contrite heart.

Psalm 51:1-3 O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Condemnation

The Problem. The condemnation never comes from God, it is imposed by Satan who  prosecutes us and sentences us. The enemy is the prosecutor who accuses us before God, and whoever attacks our mind reminding us of our failures as doing believe us that in no way God would forgive us. However, as soon as you’ve asked God for forgiveness, the next step is to forgive ourselves. The self-condemnation gives us a sense of unworthiness that urges us to “sink our heads” in shame in the Presence of God and to be so conscious of unworthiness that we forget the mercy and grace of God. We create awareness of our own nature rather than understanding God’s character.

John 3:19: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Romans 13:2: Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

1 Timothy 3:6: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

The solution. God gives us the answer to the condemnation in His Word: There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus. We must stop thinking about ourselves and put our thoughts on Him. The more time we spend thinking about Jesus, the more will want to praise him. Definitely that His sacrifice on the cross was not in vain but to free us from the condemnation due to sin. Remembering that He took our place on the cross and saved us is reason enough for praise Him.

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Hebrews 12:2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Worldliness

The Problem. Worldliness is nothing else than to take our minds and thoughts focused on the things of this world. It means to wish “dignity” or “propriety” rather than ministering to God in praise and worship. Many people are more aware of what others might think than to express themselves freely in worship.

Matthew 16:26:  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Ephesians 2:1-2: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

Colossians 2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

The solution. The Word of God tells us about the following:

1 Peter 5:7: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1 John 2:15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The above verses explain themselves, before thinking about things of the world and what the world demands of us, let think about God and act accordingly obeying Him and not the world. The world may impose rules and customs, but none of them lead us to salvation because their values ​​are contrary to God’s values.

Indifference

The Problem. Being lukewarm or indifferent to the Lord often keeps us far from entering into praise and worship. Indifference or apathy keeps us from expressing our love for God. If we are indifferent we are showing that we care little praise and honor God. I have seen very often as many people remain indifferent to the congregational worship. Some people appear to be mentally absent from the temple at that time, others endure with annoyance when ministering to God.

Revelation 2:4: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 3:15-16: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

The solution. The answer is total return to God in repentance and then as an act of obedience, begin to praise him. God always have patience and will wait for us to come in repentance to Him, His love is eternal and His mercy is renewed every day.

Malachi 3:7: Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Rebellion

The Problem. Rebellion against God, our parents or the authority that God has placed in the church, is a major impediment to worship. The rebel person does not recognize the rules because he or she makes his/her own rules or his/her own interpretation. At present time when the freedoms of the modern world have turned into licentiousness, is very common to find people who rebel against everything and complain about everything. Many of these people might be thinking of things like these during the period of  the church service dedicated to praise and worship God:

• Why do I have to raise my hands or clap?
• Who is this musician to tell me what I have to do?
• I praise my way!
• Nobody tells me what I have to do!
• Where does it sayI have to dance?
• I believe God gave me the freedom to praise as I please.

1 Samuel 15:22,23: And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

The solution. To submit ourselves to the authority and to repent ourselves of the rebellion. Thus, we take again the path of obedience. Just as we accept the sermon that brings the preacher as inspired by God, we accept that the person in charge of leading worship is being led by the Holy Spirit to lead the congregation to the ministry that God expects and desires.

Hebrews 13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Discouragement

The Problem. Many people drag their personal problems to the church. If our hearts are not ready to praise God, a retaining wall will lift , which preclude the praise. All of us go through adverse situations that affect us: work, family, illness, etc.. It is not necessary to relocate these so heavy burdens  on our shoulders but leave them at the foot of the cross.

2 Corinthians 4:8,9: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

The solution. As we get involved in praise and worship God in obedience, all the discouragement will leave our hearts. Praise and worship to our Lord are the best antidote to despair and boredom because our God is never boring, he is a God of action. Therefore, our attitude should be one of joy in the Lord.

Isaiah 51:11: Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Anger

The Problem. It is totally impossible that we can praise and worship God if we are keeping in our hearts resentment toward others, to ourselves, or God himself. Anger darkens the mind and prevents us from enjoying the joy of exalting Him who lives forever.

James 1:19,20: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

The solution. To forgive those who have offended and do not allow anger dwell in our hearts. Like the despair, anger, wraph and resentment should be left out of the place where it meets the congregation to praise and worship God. We are not above God, who has forgiven all our sins. So what prevents us to forgive our neighbor?

Psalm 37:8: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Ecclesiastes 7:9: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Ephesians 4:31,32: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Worry

The Problem. Worry is a demonstration of doubt and disbelief, is the opposite of faith. It is impossible to enter into praise and worship if our thoughts are immersed in our personal problems. One of the most repeated phrases in Jesus ministry was “men of little faith.” This shows that many people have stage fright in moments of testing. They forget the history of God for their lives and think there is not a possible solution to their problem.

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The solution. To the extent that our eyes are focused on Jesus and the promises of His Word and instead of worrying, we take care of giving thanks for what He has done and for who He is, our hearts will be flooded with peace and praise to God begins flowing within us. Peter could walk on water all the time he looked at Jesus, but he began to sink as soon as his eyes faced the environment around him. The concern is another ingredient that should remain outside the atmosphere of praise and worship.

Matthew 6:25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Depression

The Problem. When we are overcome by a spirit of depression because of our own circumstances, we are stopping the flow of praise in our lives. We would be like Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-14), who falling into depression fled and went into a cave. The natural tendency of the depressed person is became self-enclosed, it is like the attitude of the ostrich, burying its head in the sand to avoid facing reality.

1 Peter 4:12,13: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

The solution. Offering sacrifice of praise and beginning to rejoice. This is like an act of obedience to God, through which we dressed with a mantle of praise. Praise God in the test and the victory will come as a direct result of our praise.

Isaiah 61:3: To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Blessings for everybody.

Physical Expressions of Praise

Praise not only implies the voice to sing songs that honor the attributes of God, but also involves the use of additional body language. Among the physical expressions of praise are:

  •     Standing up
  •     Clapping
  •     Marching
  •     Dance
  •     Laughing

Let see each of them in light of the Word of God.

Standing up

In the same way in all countries of the world, people stand up when singing the national anthem as a sign of respect for national symbols, we show our respect for God when we worship in a vertical position, ie standing on our feet.

2 Chronicles 20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

Revelation 7:9,10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Clapping

When an artist or athlete has an outstanding performance, we celebrated applauding. The act of clapping is an expression of joy, delight and approval. Many musicians and singers consider the audience’s applause as the best prize or trophy. When we welcome God, we are expressing our appreciation for His wonderful achievements.

Psalm 47:1: O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Isaiah 55:12: For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Marching

Marching is part of routine military training used as a physical expression of victory. When the people of Israel, under the command of Joshua marched around Jericho praising his God, as ordered, the result was a complete victory.

Joshua 6:2-5: And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

Dance

Dance is the most demonstrative of physical expressions of praise. It requires the use of the whole body. It involves a total and complete abandonment of our own inhibitions and shame as we obey God and dance before Him with all our strength. If we enjoyed dancing he music of our favorite singer or group and we drive crazy, why not do it for God with the same intensity?

Psalm 149:3: Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

2 Samuel 6:14: And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

Laughing

When we praise God, we are  filled by so great expression of joy in the Lord, that the only way to express it is through laughter. When we practice the holy laughter in the presence of God, we can get healing and deliverance. Laughter truly is a genuine manifestation of our inner joy.

Psalm 126:2: Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

Job 8:20,21 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

Blessings for everybody.

Benefits of Praise

In Psalm 95:2 we read: Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. God is waiting for us to approach Him and praise him and we often do, with a long list of demands. Psalm 100:4 sheds some light on this concept of praise, saying: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. There are many people is the world, including some who call themselves Christians, who get up every day without thanking God for anything, but complaining about everything. If you do not appreciate the infinite mercy of God toward us, we do little to praise.

If only we knew the many benefits of praise, probably would take it more into account. The Bible shows us at least six benefits of praise, which are:

  •     Unleash the power of God.
  •     The land produces fruit.
  •     Bring victory.
  •     Attracts health.
  •     Produces peace.
  •     We change.

Let’s see what God’s Word says about each of these six benefits of praise.

Unleash the power of God

Acts 16:25,26: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Like Paul and Silas, I have personally seen the power of God unleashed upon the praise. Each month, my wife and I organized a night of praise and worship in the house that God has allowed us to manage and enjoy. In each of those nights, the power of God has been manifested in many ways. One night I came having a sharp pain in my lower back for over a week. The pain was so bad that I could not bend. However, I did not use my pain as an excuse for not participating in the praise of my King. Conversely, without taking into account the condition of my back, I danced, jumped and moved as if nothing was affecting my body. The result was that at the end of the night my pain disappeared and since that day I have not ever felt it for the glory of God.

The earth produces fruit

Psalm 67:5,6: Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

God bless us in the same way that we obey and conform to His ways. Blessings are an outcome of praise to Him. A blessed people  is that which is constantly giving honor and glory to the King because if God is pleased with our praise, He will give us everything we need.

Bring Victoria

2 Chronicles 20:21-22: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

If Jehoshaphat had come with his army to fight against three opponents better armed and with an army much larger than his, he would probably have been defeated. As God-fearing man, Jehoshaphat choose to consult with the prophet of the Lord and heard the voice of God commanding him to praise rather than face the enemy on its own strengths. In obedience, the kingdom of Jehoshaphat and Judah praised the Almighty God, who fought for them and gave them the victory.

Likewise, God expects every day we rest in Him, offering our continuing praise to Him allowing him to act accordingly, giving us the victory in each of our daily battles.

Attract Health

Proverbs 17:22: A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

People who live everyday complaining, besides not being happy, repel the healthy attitudes towards themselves attracting all kinds of diseases. Many times, these people visit doctors and hospitals where they get all kinds of analysis which has never detected anything abnormal, but yet still they feel sick. They do not realize that modern diagnostic tools are not yet able to identify the source of disease not coming from the physical, from the tangible world. A life of praise and thanksgiving to God is the correct answer to alleviate much of our physical ailments.

Produce Peace

Isaiah 60:18: Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

Philippians 4:7-8 says: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

When our thoughts are focused on what God expects we meditate and our lips are open to praise Him who loved us, that peace so different to that offered by the world, which is unable to understand, is going to flood our hearts and thoughts. It is impossible to live praising God and being in distress, rather, the praise brings us peace.

We Change

2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

1 John 3:1-2: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We are transformed into the image of the same glory of God who we worship. What a wonderful privilege! God rewards us in His own image when we express our love and gratitude through our praise and worship.

Blessings for everybody.

¿Por qué Debemos Alabar a Dios?

Tan pronto aprendemos a hablar, una de las primeras palabras que pronunciamos es “por qué”. Cada niño y cada niña de tres años, independientemente de su raza o idioma materno, le pregunta a sus padres el por qué de las cosas que mira a diario. Cuando preguntamos “por qué”, estamos requiriendo más información, solicitamos de nuestro interlocutor que nos explique mejor lo que nos acaba de decir, estamos indagando el motivo o la razón para ejecutar una acción.

A continuación, vamos a descubrir juntos los motivos y las razones para alabar a Dios. Quizás algunos de esos motivos sean lo suficientemente obvios que no necesiten de mucha explicación. A lo mejor, pueda que ya sepamos uno o dos de ellos. Pero para estar seguros de que estamos alabando a Dios a Su manera, la mejor fuente de información para encontrar los motivos para alabarlo es Su Santa Palabra, el legado escrito que el mismo Dios nos ha provisto.

Porque Él es Digno de Alabanza

¿Cómo no hemos de alabar al que nos redimió? Pero Dios no es solo digno de ser alabado por lo que ha hecho por nosotros, Él tiene además atributos suficientes para merecer toda la alabanza por los siglos de los siglos.

2 Samuel 22:4: Invocaré a Jehová, quien es digno de ser alabado, y seré librado de mis enemigos.

Salmo 96:4: Porque grande es Jehová, y digno de suprema alabanza.

Porque Él es Digno de Recibir las Gracias

Dios ha hecho tanto por nosotros que merece nuestro continuo agradecimiento. Cuando miramos del lugar de dónde nos sacó, cuando entendemos que Él nos ha dado la vida eterna, cuando recordamos el alto precio que costó nuestra redención, la conclusión es clara y contundente: Dios es digno de que le demos las gracias en cada instante de nuestra vida.

Salmo 107:1,2,8: ¡Alabad a Jehová, porque es bueno; porque para siempre es su misericordia! Díganlo los redimidos de Jehová, los que ha redimido del poder del enemigo ¡Den gracias a Jehová por su misericordia y por sus maravillas para con los hijos del hombre!

Porque Él es Grande

Nadie es mayor que Dios. Si observamos detenidamente los cielos y la enorme cantidad de astros que lo componen y luego miramos lo minúsculo que es nuestro planeta comparado con la inmensidad del universo, la pregunta obligada es la siguiente ¿será el universo mayor que su creador? La respuesta es definitivamente NO, Dios es más grande que todo lo que ha creado y, por Su grandeza, merece nuestra alabanza.

Salmo 48:1: ¡Grande es Jehová y digno de suprema alabanza, en la ciudad de nuestro Dios, en el monte de su santuario!

Salmo 96:4: Porque grande es Jehová, y digno de suprema alabanza. Él es temible sobre todos los dioses.

Porque Él es Poderoso en Proezas

Dios es la autoridad final, el poder más alto que existe. Él existió antes que todas las cosas y es más grande que todas ellas. Sus hazañas son poderosas: abrió las aguas del Mar Rojo y del Río Jordán para que Su pueblo cruzara, derribó las fuertes murallas de Jericó, Jesús resucitó venciendo a la muerte y muchas otras proezas más.

Salmo 150:2: ¡Alabadle por sus proezas! ¡Alabadle por su inmensa grandeza!

Porque Él Nos Escogió para Glorificarlo

¡Qué honroso privilegio! ¡El Dios Todopoderoso nos ha escogido para glorificarlo! Poseer tan honrosa distinción nos invita a alabarlo todos los días de nuestra vida.

Lucas 10:20: Sin embargo, no os regocijéis de esto, de que los espíritus se os sujeten; sino regocijaos de que vuestros nombres están inscritos en los cielos.

Salmo 50:23: El que ofrece sacrificio de acción de gracias me glorificará, y al que ordena su camino le mostraré la salvación de Dios.

Salmo 69:30: Alabaré con cánticos el nombre de Dios; lo exaltaré con acciones de gracias.

Porque Es un Mandato Alabar

Alabar a Dios es una de nuestras responsabilidades, está en nuestra descripción de tareas. La alabanza no es opcional, es una obligación de nuestra parte, es parte de nuestro compromiso con Dios, es lo que nos toca hacer del pacto con Él.

Salmo 149:1: ¡Aleluya! Cantad a Jehová un cántico nuevo; sea su alabanza en la congregación de los fieles.

Efesios 5:19: Hablando entre vosotros con salmos, himnos y canciones espirituales; cantando y alabando al Señor en vuestros corazones.

Apocalipsis 19:5: Entonces salió del trono una voz que decía: “¡Load a nuestro Dios, todos sus siervos y los que le teméis, tanto pequeños como grandes!” (RV1989)

Porque es Bueno

Dios es bueno y no nos mandaría a hacer nada que no sea bueno porque estaría negando Su propia naturaleza. Entonces, si alabarle es un mandato, alabarlo es bueno.

Salmo 92:1-2: Bueno es alabar a Jehová, cantar salmos a tu nombre, oh Altísimo. Bueno es anunciar por la mañana tu misericordia y tu verdad en las noches.

Porque es Agradable

Aunque la alabanza sea un acto sacrificial, este hecho no la convierte en algo desagradable. Al contrario, veremos cuán agradable es la alabanza cuando entendamos que Dios se complace en ella.

Salmo 147:1: ¡Aleluya! Ciertamente es bueno cantar salmos a nuestro Dios; ciertamente es agradable y bella la alabanza.

Porque es Hermoso

La alabanza no solo buena y agradable sino también hermosa porque cuando alabamos a Dios es como si le estuviésemos presentando un regalo precioso.

Salmo 33:1: Alegraos, oh justos, en Jehová; a los rectos es hermosa la alabanza.

Ciertas personas tienen temor de alabar a Dios, porque no consideran que sea algo digno. Esto es totalmente contrario a lo que dice la Palabra de Dios.

2 Samuel 6:14-16,21-23: David danzaba con toda su fuerza delante de Jehová, y David estaba vestido con un efod de lino. David y toda la casa de Israel subían el arca de Jehová, con gritos de júbilo y sonido de corneta. Sucedió que cuando el arca de Jehová llegó a la Ciudad de David, Mical hija de Saúl miró por la ventana; y al ver al rey David saltando y danzando delante de Jehová, lo menospreció en su corazón.

David respondió a Mical: – Fue delante de Jehová, que me eligió en lugar de tu padre y de toda su casa, para constituirme como el soberano del pueblo de Jehová, de Israel. Por tanto, me regocijaré delante de Jehová. Y aún me haré más vil que esta vez y me rebajaré ante mis propios ojos. Pero con las criadas que has mencionado, ¡junto con ellas seré honrado! Y Mical hija de Saúl no tuvo hijos hasta el día de su muerte.

Porque Dios Habita en la Alabanza

Cuando nuestra casa se llena de alabanza, también se llena de Dios. Al rodearnos con alabanza, nos rodeamos con la Presencia de Dios. Eso lo hemos percibido cada vez que celebramos las noches de alabanza y adoración en nuestro hogar.

Salmo 22:3: Pero tú eres santo. ¡Tú, que habitas entre las alabanzas de Israel! Si nuestro corazón está lleno de alabanza, está lleno de Dios.

Porque la Alabanza Libera Fortaleza

Cuando estamos enfocados en nuestros problemas, nos sentimos abrumados, débiles e impotentes, especialmente al comprender que la solución está muy por encima de nuestras posibilidades. Pero cuando alabamos a Dios, en lugar de quejarnos y lamentarnos, nos sentimos más fuertes porque la fe sustituye a la duda y a la incertidumbre. Entonces, entendemos que no es en nuestras fuerzas sino que Dios pelea por nosotros.

Nehemías 8:10: No os entristezcáis, porque el gozo de Jehová es vuestra fortaleza.

Salmo 28:7: Jehová es mi fuerza y mi escudo; en él esperó mi corazón. Fui ayudado, y se gozó mi corazón; con mi canción le alabaré.

Porque la Alabanza Trae Satisfacción

El alma de quien alaba disfruta estar con el Señor y Dios le corresponde concediéndole los deseos de su corazón. Es bueno hacer notar que la alabanza tiene que venir primero, antes que recibamos la recompensa o la bendición. La razón es que la alabanza pone nuestras prioridades en orden y entonces Dios puede concedernos los deseos de nuestro corazón porque, al ocuparnos primero de lo suyo, Él tomará para sí nuestros anhelos y los concederá.

Salmo 37:4: Deléitate en Jehová, y él te concederá los anhelos de tu corazón.

Porque la Alabanza Trae Victoria

En las luchas diarias de la vida, la alabanza nos lleva a la victoria. En las Escrituras hay varios ejemplos de victorias obtenidas tras la alabanza, como por ejemplo Josafat y el pueblo de Judá (2 Crónicas 20:21-26) o la liberación de Pablo y Silas (Hechos 16:22).

Salmo 18:3: Invocaré a Jehová, quien es digno de ser alabado, y seré librado de mis enemigos.

2 Crónicas 20:21-22: Después de consultar con el pueblo, designó a algunos de ellos para que cantasen a Jehová y le alabasen en la hermosura de la santidad, mientras iban delante del ejército, diciendo: “¡Alabad a Jehová, porque para siempre es su misericordia!” Cuando comenzaron el canto y la alabanza, Jehová puso emboscadas contra los hijos de Amón, los de Moab y los de la región montañosa de Seír que habían venido contra Judá, y fueron derrotados.

Porque Él nos creó para alabarlo

Dios nos creó con el propósito de que le alabemos. Pero no pensemos que Dios es un ser egoísta y egocéntrico que solamente anda buscando la satisfacción personal sin pensar en nadie más. Al contrario, aunque muchas veces le desobedecemos y nos alejamos de Sus caminos, Él siempre espera por nuestro arrepentimiento para perdonarnos y acogernos de nuevo junto a sí. Su amor es tan grande que reconoce nuestras rebeliones y debilidades y nunca deja de darnos oportunidades para que cambiemos de rumbo.

Isaías 43:21: Este pueblo he creado para mí; mis alabanzas publicará.

1 Pedro 2:9: Pero vosotros sois linaje elegido, sacerdocio real, nación santa, pueblo adquirido, para anunciar las alabanzas de Aquel que os ha llamado de las tinieblas a su admirable luz (BJ).

Porque la Alabanza nos Ayuda a Recordar Sus Obras en Nuestras Vidas

Cuando alabamos a Dios, nuestro espíritu está pasando la película de todas las maravillosas cosas que Él nos ha dado. Cada quien tiene razones particulares para alabar a Dios: salvación y vida eterna, sanidad, liberación, restauración familiar, etc.

2 Samuel 22:4: Invocaré a Jehová, quien es digno de ser alabado, y seré salvo de mis enemigos.

Salmo 71:8-16: Mi boca rebosa de alabanzas a tu nombre, y todo el día proclama tu grandeza. No me rechaces cuando llegue a viejo; no me abandones cuando me falten las fuerzas. Porque mis enemigos murmuran contra mí; los que me acechan se confabulan. Y dicen: «¡Dios lo ha abandonado!¡Perseguidlo y agarradlo, que nadie lo rescatará!» Dios mío, no te alejes de mí; Dios mío, ven pronto a ayudarme. Que perezcan humillados mis acusadores; que se cubran de oprobio y de ignominia los que buscan mi ruina. Pero yo siempre tendré esperanza, y más y más te alabaré. Todo el día proclamará mi boca tu justicia y tu salvación, aunque es algo que no alcanzo a descifrar. Soberano Señor, relataré tus obras poderosas, y haré memoria de tu justicia, de tu justicia solamente (BAD).

Porque la Alabanza da Testimonio a los Incrédulos

Pablo y Silas fueron liberados después de alabar a Dios y fue un gran testimonio para su carcelero, quien después de esto creyó. En nuestro diario caminar, si nosotros continuamente alabamos a Dios en medio de las pruebas, en lugar de ser participantes de los lamentos por las crisis, muchos serán los que desearán tener lo que tenemos: al Rey de reyes y señor de señores.

Hechos 16:25: Cerca de la media noche, Pablo y Silas oraban y cantaban alabanzas a Dios, mientras los otros prisioneros escuchaban (BLS).

Bendiciones para todos.