Progress Week 4

Necessary to Praise

My pastor would start his sermons by saying, “Seeing there is no market for days, they are neither bought, sold, nor traded. But they are gifts from the Lord. That is why we call it the present. And the last time I checked, when someone gives you something, what are you supposed to say?” Prayer is to talk to God. Praise is to thank Him. We are always to be in communication with Him through prayer and give Him thanks (Ephesians 5:20). He gave us salvation. We were afforded life and life more abundantly. It is only right for us to see the necessity to say thank you.

Hebrews 13:15 tells us, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” God inhabits the praise of His people so there is no reason or excuse not to praise Him (Psalm 22:3, Romans 1). Some Christians believe praise should be audible due to the scripture I used earlier referring to “fruits of our lips”. The Pharisees attempted to silence the multitude of His disciples, then Jesus said, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40). Praise can be audible but that is not a requirement. One can praise God through giving. There is no sound there. One can praise God through writing; can you hear these words on this paper? Regardless of the way one praises God, it must show reverence, respect, and a response. Simply acknowledging Him and the greatness of His name is reverence. 1 Chronicles 29:13 says, “ Now, therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” Exodus 15:11 states, “ Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?” These are a few scriptural references where we must praise the pure excellence and greatness of God.

Psalm 100:3 proclaims, “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” This notion of His greatness leads to praise through respect. Respect comes from what He has done, is doing, and will do. Once you receive the fruits of His labor, you respect Him. You have to let Him know through your praise. Psalm 103 tells what He has done for us and what He will do, which garners respect. Acts 5 tells how He was murdered by being hanged on a tree, but God raised Him and now He gives “repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” We must praise the one who redeems us and made us His own. This is why praise comes as a response to the Goodness of the Lord. Let everything that has breath, respond by praising the Lord (Psalm 150). You do have breath. He not only supplies the air but allows our bodies to function and utilize the air He gives. So, praise is necessary. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so (Psalm 107:2). Acknowledging His anointing, assistance, and actions makes it necessary to praise Him!

“I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within sinking to rise no more. But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry. From the waters lifted me, Now safe am I. Love lifted me, love lifted me, When nothing else could help, Love lifted me.”