Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations

Perhaps no book exemplifies the spirit of praise and worship more than the Book of Psalms.

It records more verses of praise than any other book of the Bible. Obviously, God wants the praise of His people.

God tells us to give Him thanks in everything see (1 Thess. 5:18), even when things press against our souls. We may not understand what is happening; we may never understand. But God’s will in every circumstance is that we praise and thank Him.

But why?

Because praise is the clearest and most direct means in which you declare your dependence on God. It repeats your trust in Him in the midst of darkness. It confesses your allegiance and dependence on the one who was crucified for you and whom you are eternally joined.

Consider a few of the benefits that we derive from praising the Lord.

Praise magnifies God:
Praise puts our focus on God and not on our problems. God’s power, presence, and ability transform our thinking.

Praise humbles us:
When we worship God, we gain a right view of ourselves. Praise deflates access pride, and ego. We gain a healthy self-image, based on God’s view of us. By removing pride, praise strengthens us against temptation.

Praise reveals our temptation to God:
If I love Christ, I will praise Him. If He has first place in my life I will honor Him with worship and Thanksgiving.

Praise motivates us to holy living:
Praise opens our hearts to want to live the way God desires- holy and separated unto Him, to do His will above our own, to want to be like Him more than like anyone else. The more we worship Him, the more like Him we will become.

Praise increases our joy:
Joy is the constant companion of praise. If we feel depressed or discouraged, praising God will soon bring us joy.

Praise establishes our faith:
The greater we see our God, the smaller we see our problems.

Praise elevates our emotions:
Worry, fear and doubt cannot survive for long in the atmosphere of praise.

If you want to see a difference in your relationship with Christ and in your walk with Him, start to praise Him today.

Continue even when you feel prone to give up. Commit yourself to a life of praise and fellowship with Jesus- and experience the fullness of what God means by “joy”.

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