O, Praise the Lord!

June 24, 2019 by Dr. Jack Graham

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

–Psalm 34:1

Have you ever wondered why we are commanded to offer praise continually as believers?

First, when we praise the Lord, it encourages others. Psalm 34:2 says, “My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.”

I think you’d be amazed at how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, respond to something as positive as honest and sincere praise to God when something good or bad happens to you.

Second, praising God naturally brings fellowship. Psalm 34:3 says, “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” There is a closeness… a bond… that is created when you’re praising God together.

And last, praising the Lord gives you power for your day-to-day life. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

I don’t know what you may be facing today, be it a temptation you can’t let go of or a sin you can’t escape. Whatever it is, praise will help bring you out of it!

God responds to your honest, genuine praise of Him. So I urge you to make praise a habit, like our Scripture verse for today suggests, no matter what you may be going through.


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