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.


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