Praise is Not Merely Your Gift to God; Praise is God’s Gift to You
Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy.
Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.”
My worship of God is my acknowledgement and gratitude for what He does and who He is. When I face difficulty I can still praise God for who He is – His faithfulness, His love, His power, His presence. Knowing who He is gives me faith to know what He will do.
Praise and worship are not merely matters of the heart, they are to be expressed from the mouth. Your words are a powerful force in the spiritual realm. With your words you can defeat the enemy and direct the course of your own life. The psalmist David knew the power of praising God out loud:
“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Psalms 34:1 ESV
No matter what you may be facing today, don’t let the enemy steal your song. Anger can’t remain where worship abides. Depression must give way to the joy of the Lord. God’s peace and presence awaits your decision to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise.
Praise is not merely your gift to God; it is God’s gift to you.