Lift up your spirits to where God abides and He will daily abide with you. It is a command to praise God without ceasing.
Praise God in His sanctuary and praise Him in songs for the Lord is good and His mercies endures forever.
God’s word in Psalms 100:1-2 made it clear that every living creature must praise the Lord, it doesn’t matter if you have all the glory and treasures of the earth – it is a mandate.
5 WAYS TO PRAISE GOD SUCCESSFULLY
- Praise Him by lifting your hands.
Life up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. – Psalm 134:2
- Praise Him with singing.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to God: for it is ; pleasant , and praise is beautiful! – Psalm 147:1
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. – Psalm 100:2
- Praise Him with your words.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. – Hebrews 13:15
- Praise Him with dancing and instruments.
Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. – Psalm 149:3
- Praise Him in fellowship with other believers.
I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You. – Hebrews 2:12
BENEFITS OF PRAISING GOD
It takes you to God’s Presence
According to the Psalmist, in the book of psalms 22:3, the scripture says that God is enthroned in the praises of his people.
For some versions of the scripture, it used the word “inhabit” in place of “enthroned”
Whether you decide to use the word inhabit or enthroned, one thing is clear. God’s presence is felt whenever you praise him meditatively. If God’s presence is truly felt during praises, then God is there in his glory.
My question is do you really know what it means to be taken to God’s presence? Do you know what it feels like when you see a glimpse of God’s glory? This is the centre of all the benefits you can ever get through praising God. If you read Acts 16: 26-26, you will get a little picture of what God’s presence is.
According to St Luke the author of Acts of the apostles, while the other inmates were listening to Paul and Silas as they praised God, an earthquake occurred suddenly. It was not a normal earthquake. This earthquake actually shook the foundations of the prison.
This is the power of God’s presence. This is what praising God can do for you.
It makes you realize your nothingness
Have you ever felt like crying in the middle of your praise?
When you suddenly feel the presence of God in his glory, it can make you cry for just one reason which is, you are nothing without God.
God is and will continue to be God, with or without your praise. This can be seen in the scripture below. According to the gospel of Luke 19:39-40, Jesus made it clear to the Pharisees that God can raise stones to sing his praises if we choose not to praise him
The lesson here is this: If you praise him, he is God, If you do not praise him, he is still God.
How about you? Can you exist without God?
Therefore, one of the good things that praising God can do for us is that it reminds us that our God is Almighty. It also reminds us that we exist only because of his love.
In a nutshell, praising God makes you realize your nothingness.
It increases our faith in God
In one of my articles, I pointed out that gratitude is one of the ways to express faith. If you feel the presence of God and realize your nothingness while praising God, oftentimes you proceed to tell him how grateful you are for his favors including the ones you are yet to receive.
If you thank God for favors yet to be received, it implies that you are certain God has granted you those favors. It takes faith to say thank you for what you have not received. This is exactly what Hebrews 11: 1 tells us.
Therefore, to be grateful for something not yet received is an act of faith.