Psalm 34:1 “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”

The word praise appears 347 times in the NIV translation of the Bible. We are encouraged to praise Him in good times and in bad, for trials and for triumphs, with every breath we have. Why? Why should we praise the Lord? He’s God. He’s perfect. He doesn’t need our praise. He has never done anything wrong and doesn’t need to be encouraged. So why are we encouraged so often to praise Him? Why? I’ll give you a clue. It’s not for Him. 

We are the ones that are in need. We are the ones that get down, lonely, sad. We are the ones that make mistakes. And  God’s solution … praise the Lord! Praising God releases me from the grip of my circumstances. When I praise God I am encouraged. My troubles no longer weigh me down. When I praise God I allow my heart to feel joy, even when I may not want to be joyful. Praise lifts my head when I can’t lift it myself.

Often I forget just how true this is. I get caught up in the pressure to perform. I let my circumstances take my eyes off of Jesus. Or I’ll just succumb to the weariness of this world. And then something will stir up a praise in my heart and I can feel the affects immediately. My joy and strength return. My troubles melt away. My sadness is turned into singing. All because I offer up a praise to our God.

Try it sometime. You might like it!

Psalm 30:12 “LORD my God, I will praise you forever.”