Say It! Three Reasons to Praise God
If someone knew God based solely on what you said about Him, what would they know?
He’s put it on my heart lately that too often I’m silent about Him–His work, His worthiness, His love and care for us.
Can you relate? It’s not that I’m mute on the subject on purpose. It’s that a day, a week, can go by and I don’t realize that ears around me haven’t heard two words from me that praise Him specifically.
David didn’t have that issue. The Psalms bulge with his specific praise of God. Here are just two:
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. ~Psalm 34:1
We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. ~Psalm 75:1
And did you notice something about these verses? Verse one, both of them. David kicks things off with praise of God. It’s not an afterthought. How often do my friends and family hear God’s praise first from me, not last?
But it can be a win-win for God and for us:
1. God deserves our praise and acknowledgment, period. When we speak highly of Him, it blesses Him.
2. It’s gets us outside of ourselves. Have you ever noticed that it’s easy to focus on ourselves and our problems? Telling about what God has done gives us the gift of perspective. We’re reminded that God is faithful and loving. It’s hard to wallow or be negative when we look up at Him.
Not only that, but…
3. Praising God in our everyday life holds out hope to those who need it. You never know when something seemingly insignificant that we mention is just what someone needed. It may even point them to Jesus for the first time.
I think it’s high time I loosen my lips and invite God into the conversation.
How about you? Do you find it easy or challenging to bring God into your daily conversations?
Speaking out loud about what God is doing.
Why? God commands it, it blesses others, it blesses us
How? Awareness, then everyday conversation