Author: Colin Meunier
Copyright © 2008 Colin Meunier
What does it mean to praise God? Praising God is what we are created to do here on earth. This is why we were created, to give praise and glory to our Lord God who gave us life.
One of the first and best ways to praise God is to just start giving thanks. Just as it says in scripture, to give thanks with a grateful heart. God gave his son to die for us and for that alone we should be waking up in the morning giving thanks every day of our lives.
Hebrews 13:15 says let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
There are many ways we can be giving thanks and praising God as long as it is coming from your heart. You can praise God with musical instruments, clapping your hands, singing, shouting, and dancing. Read through the psalms and you will read of the many ways David talks of praising God.
* Psalm 150:4 Talks of praising God with dance and instruments.
* Psalm 9:11 Talks of singing praise.
* Psalm 94 says give shouts of praise to God
* Psalm 134 says raise your hands praising God
Giving thanks and praising God is pleasing to Him. When we praise God and give thanks we as well receive His many benefits. When we are feeling down, heavy burdened, and the heaviness of life has us down we can turn to God with praise. Turn to God and praise Him for his attributes and the heaviness will just fall off.
Giving praise to God does not have to always be about being loud. You do not always have to be jumping, singing, dancing, and shouting to God. These are all great ways to give praise to God and I love it. I love to give my all praising God with loud shouts and dancing and jumping around.
Even sometimes we are to just be still in the presence of God, as it says in Psalm 4:3.
Have your quiet time with the Lord. This is the time you spend in your quiet place seeking God alone. Even Jesus did this. He would go off by himself away from the crowds and His disciples and spend time with the Father.
So just as David says in Psalm 34:1, Bless the Lord all the times. His praise will continually be in my mouth. Let the same be true with us. Give thanks and praise to God at all times and in all circumstance.
Colin is committed to serving and giving praise to the Lord Jesus Christ in a local body of a Montreal Christian Church by the name of Victory Heights International