Why is praise so important in the Christian life? In 1 Corinthians 10:31, it says, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.. Have you ever just considered how generous God is to us? He’s the Giver of all things, and since the fall of Adam and Eve, we, as his creation, have preferred the things he created over him. But through his grace and rich mercy, the Lord still loves us. For example, food is an awesome gift from God, right? He didn’t have to make it taste the way it does. Out of his generosity, he gave food flavor, and it should lead back to an external joy of what he has provided for us. This is just one example of God’s generosity. As a kid, I was always taught to say “thank you” when someone does something for you when they really didn’t have to do it. As children of God, we show our big “thank you” towards him through our praise.
Why we should praise
Romans 1:20 is a scripture that bears a lot of weight. It says, For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.. God looks at us, his creation, and loves us unconditionally. He is the apex of all things. If you simply look at all of creation, it’s evident that the Earth was made just for us. Think about this: In an ever-expansive universe, the Earth is spinning over 1,000 mph, while orbiting around a sun that could fit about 1.3 million Earths inside. We’re literally sitting inside a spherical globe that could easily be destroyed if it moves an inch closer to the sun. Think how expansive the universe is. Matter of fact, it’s infinite, and with the universe being amazing as it is, how omnipotent must be the God behind it all? When an artist paints a beautiful picture, you may be amazed at the picture, but it leads back to the celebration of the artist behind the mastery. It’s the same for God. When I look at his beautiful work of art, it leads to reverential awe of his glory. This can lead to a reverential fear and gladness in him.
King David, according to the Bible, was referred to by God as a “man after my own heart.” When meditating on God’s glory, he wrote in the Psalms , When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;You have put all things under his feet.</em When King David was writing this, he had no access to a hubble telescope to better understand the expansiveness and complexity of the universe. He just simply look up at the sky, saw the stars and knew that God was the artist behind it all. His adoration and affection for God’s majesty lead to praise.
I believe David is a good example for men when it comes to praise. Most men are hesitant to show external praise. It seems as if it’s not the most masculine thing to do, but biblically speaking, external praise for men it was one of the more masculine things we can do. According to the scriptures, David defeated Goliath, killed lions and bears and was a very talented harp player. The man could of been an extra on The Expendibles, but he didn’t let his masculinity getting in the way of his affection for the Lord The harp isn’t the most masculine instrument in the world, but David played it well. In 2 Samuel 6:14, it says Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might. As men, I believe we have to let our pride go and not be afraid show our outwardly gratitude to the Lord. In our most darkest times on this Earth, praising the Lord will bring us back into God’s light no matter what the situation is.
When reading through the book of Psalms, Christian author, C.S. Lewis, (who was former agnostic), stated some issues he used to have about the book of Psalms. He seemed to question why God seemed to be so all about himself in this book. "We despise the man who demands continued assurance of his own virtue, intelligence, or delightfullness. What I most want is to be told that I am good and great” said Lewis. When Lewis continued to ponder more on Psalms, his eyes began to open, "I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that delight is incomplete until it is expressed." As humans, we were intrinsically made for praise. When we're at a game, and our favorite team scores, we praise because of our delight in the result. A secular person would even agree with this notion. When you bite into a delicious steak, you don’t just meditate on its tastefulness, you express your delight in its tastefulness with others by saying, “man that’s delicious.” But most importantly, God created us to find our most delight in him; it means that we must praise to live in the reality of his goodness (Psalms 16:11).
Through praise, we express our adoration, love and reverence of the almighty God who is for us (Mark 9:40). Through praise, we gain legitimate affection for Christ and what was done for us on the cross. Through legitimate praise, we're not slaves of religion like the Pharisees. But better yet, we have an authentic relationship with the creator of the universe, and we are able to experience his love that is beyond anything than we can comprehend.(Ephesians 3:18). Jesus said the greatest commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. The Pharisees knew their theology but lacked the relationship with the Lord because they did not authentically love him.
What has been done for us…
God’s begotten son, Jesus Christ, did something so significant that it reset our calendar. He paved the way for us to enter fellowship with him. He took on God’s wrath for our sins on the cross, and now we have been adopted into sonship with the creator of the universe. Let that settle in for a second. The almighty God of all things looks as us as spotless and blameless and says, “I will do whatever I can to have you. I want you.” We can now cry out to God as Abba, Father. Let’s show our adoration and express our joy through praise because it has already been finished(John 19:30)!
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