Do you know you should start your prayer with praise to God? Guess what the Lord’s Prayer (or Our Father) starts with? Praise! Jesus taught us the “perfect prayer” that offers us a model of HOW to pray. “Our Father in heaven, HALLOWED be Your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”
It makes sense that every prayer should begin with a praise to God, doesn’t it? Should not we first acknowledge who He is and thus who we are to Him before we could say our petitions in our daily prayers?
How can you praise God?
Let everyone who believes in God know that man is created to praise God, to worship Him, and to serve Him. And by that means, man is able to save his soul. In what ways can man praise God?
Praising God through the Psalms. Praying, singing, and chanting the Psalms are excellent means by which man can praise God. Many of the Psalms – there are 150 in all! – are explicitly songs and prayers to praise God. One of the most praise-full Psalm is Psalm 33, which, in the first two verses, says, “Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.”
Praising God with your lives. But we should not only praise God with our words but also with our lives. May the lives we lead not contradict what we say with our words. Isaiah 29:13 says, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…”
Why praise God?
Why should you praise God? Let us count the reasons:
- Because the Bible commands it. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).
- Praise grants us access to God. It is theblood of the Lord Jesusthat paves the way for our forgiveness and redemption from sin and relationship with God (Hebrews 10:19). Our perpetual praise provides us access to Him. Therefore, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).
- Praise is where He lives. Yes,God iseverywhere but His presence is more intense in an atmosphere of praise. Scripture says He is “enthroned in the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).
- God hears us. He listens to every prayer we pray. He is near to us whenever we call upon Him. Being the father that He is, God is not disinterested or aloof. He has brought us near through his Son Jesus’ death in our place. “In my distress, I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple and my cry came before Him, even to His ears” (Psalm 18:6).
- He rescued us from death. Through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross, God has delivered us from an eternity in hell and has raised us from death to life in His Son, the chief cornerstone of our faith and salvation. “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (Psalm 42:2).
- He gives us peace and joy. God fills your heart with peace and joy. You will always have a psalm to sing if you trust in the Lord. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”(Romans 15:13).
- Praising God chases away despair. There is no better way to overcome despair than to change our focus from self to God. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19).
- He never forgets us. God is infinitely personal with all of His Creation, including us who cries out to Him for help. Whatever it is that He creates, He knows everything by name. If God creates and names the stars (Psalm 147:2), then God knows you. You are never forgotten. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Psalm 49:15).
- God is worthy of our praise. He alone deserves our worship. “I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:1-3).
- Last but not the least, He treasures those who honor Him. God loves us. He will never forsake us. He will answer when we cry out to Him and He wants us to grow in faith as we persevere through life’s challenges. “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 147:11).
Let us always praise God in all circumstances of our lives. Every day, good or bad, is a perfect time to thank Him, to praise His name, and, above all, to deepen our faith and trust in Him.
“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” (Psalm 33:1-3).