In a recent blog post about prayer, I mentioned praise as an important part of prayer and a joyful life. Read the post here – Thoughts on Prayer
Do you think of praise as an option? Is it a p.s. that you might tack on at the end of a prayer? Is praise something to do when things go your way?
“There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.
– Charles Spurgeon
Praise is worship
Praise is not about your circumstances but about Who you are praising. God is always worthy of praise no matter what is happening or not happening in your life or mine.
A healthy Praise life is like the perfect outfit. It is always the right fit and goes with anything.
So, anytime is praise time!
Praise is a key to constant prayer.
God is with us at all times. We live in His continual presence.
He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, – Acts 17:27-28
We need to grab onto this powerful reality and apply it to our lives each day. Living in this awareness will cause praise to happen easily and often. Praise can become a lifestyle.
Sing out your praises to our God, our King. Yes, sing your highest praises to our King, the King of all the earth. Sing thoughtful praises! Psalm 47:7 (TLB)
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. Psalm 34:1 (TLB)
“Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking,anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”
– John Wesley
Need some help getting into praise mode? Turn on some praise and worship songs!
Here is one of my favorites – David Crowder Band – “After All (Holy)”
Share a thought on praise in the comments below.