By Warren B. Smith
Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. (Psalm 71:8)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
Our Praise to God
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
Our praise unto God is our acknowledgment of everything He has done, is doing, and will continue to do in our lives (Psalm 107:31). He created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 2:4). He created mankind (Genesis 1:27). He created every living creature that moves (Genesis 1:21). He created all things (Colossians 1:16). He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Saviour to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Jesus defeated sin, death, and a very real Satan on the Cross of Calvary (Hebrews 2:14). To those who believe in Him, He has given the gift of everlasting life (John 3:16). We are eternally grateful (1 Thessalonians 5:18). What more could He have possibly done (Isaiah 5:4)? Therefore, we want to praise Him in all we say and do (Psalm 71:8).
Our praise is to be proclaimed continually (Hebrews 13:15-16). It is to be offered both in good times and in bad (Psalm 34:1) because He is always faithful (2 Thessalonians 3:3), and He is always true (Revelation 3:7). He is God, and there is none beside Him (Isaiah 45:22). His merciful kindness is great towards us, and His truth endures forever (Psalm 117:2). He promised He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and would be with us even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). It is no wonder Scripture tells us that God is to be exalted “above the heavens” (Psalm 57:5). He is “holy” (Psalm 99:5); He is “good” (Psalm 135:3); He is “great” (Psalm 145:3); and He is “worthy to be praised” (2 Samuel 22:4). As believers, our desire should be to praise God with our song (Psalm 28:7), with our lives (Psalm 146:2), and with our every breath (Psalm 150:6).