Psalm 150:6 encourages the believer by stating “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”(NKJV). This one mandate resounds in the sanctuaries of millions of churches throughout the world, but what is it? Praise is something that can be done corporately and individually, publicly or privately. Praise is the act or feeling of adoration toward God. You lavish your love and devotion to God and your dedication to His purposes.
With your voice, or as the Bible says with the “fruit of your lips,” you tell of God’s goodness and grace in your life. This connects your praise to your faith because you are praising God based on what you know He has done in your life or in the lives of your loved ones. You praise Him for prayers answered, for deliverance received, for salvation given, for miracles performed. You praise Him for how awesome He is. Your praises to God inspire others who are facing trials and tribulations. As David said in Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts” (NKJV). What a legacy to pass on–a legacy of praise to the Most High God!
Probably one of the most intimate forms of praise is to praise God for what He is yet to do. The saints call it a “yet praise.” Psalm 71:14 says, “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Although you don’t see how it will happen, your faith in God will cause you to praise Him more and more. You have that inward witness that God will do exactly what He said He would do.
Psalm 34:5 assures you that if you commit your way to the Lord and trust in Him, He will bring to pass the desires of your heart. Verse 7 tells you to “rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” This means that you don’t worry or get upset when what you’re waiting for doesn’t happen at a particular time. You just rest and praise God the whole time until it is fulfilled and then you continue to praise Him for His wondrous works.
Praise and Faith, Faith and Praise! What a beautiful relationship! To believe in such a mighty God who always answers your prayers seals your devotion to Him and, in spite of the situation, causes you to lift up His name continually. Your faith also encourages others to “taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Your victory is not just your victory. It becomes the victory of all who are patiently waiting on the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires. Praise ye the Lord!Back to Blog