Simple praise leads our hearts to God.
A little girl sat at her dining room table humming while she drew on paper. She used many colors until the paper was full of rainbows and hearts. Her mom came near and asked about the drawing.
The little girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
The mom said, ” But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
The little girl expressed simple praise in her artwork.
Simple praise opens our hearts to see God. Too often we make it more complicated than necessary, thinking praise has to be a certain way at a certain time. By looking into scriptures we can learn about God’s nature. Then we praise him and others can see Him.
Praise is a great way to open your day. This can be done through a quiet prayer, scripture reading or listening to worship music.
What is praise?
Praise is our human response to God’s revelation of Himself. “Praise” comes from a Latin word meaning “value” or “price.” To give praise to God is to proclaim His merit or worth as an act of worship.
- Praise is a pattern for prayer throughout the Bible. The psalmist David began many prayers in Psalms with praise. Jesus taught the disciples (and us) to begin with praise.
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2
“He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed (holy) by your name, your kingdom come,” in the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11:2.
- Praise states what is true about God.:
“But the Lord is the true god; he is the living God, the eternal King.” Jeremiah 10:10a
“Ah, sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
- Praise honors God for who He is. He is worthy of praise. The more we look at His Word to see His character, the more we know Him.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11
“O Lord God almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord and your faithfulness surrounds you.” Psalm 89:8
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
- Praise refocuses our thoughts. We can temporarily take our eyes off our situation and focus on His nature, character and power. It lifts our hearts knowing that God is bigger than our challenges.
“Great is the Lord and worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3
“Praise him for his acts of power; praise his for his surpassing greatness.” Psalm 150:2
- Sometimes praise is easy; other times it is a hard choice.
We are in good company when we choose to praise God in touch situation. Job, for instance, refused to compromise his faith and continue to believe and praise God. the prophet Habakkuk kept an attitude of praise when disaster was all around him.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, thought the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
Praise acknowledge’s the greatness and majesty of God. It could be done in moments or minutes. It can be longer. Recall when you have seen God at work and praise Him again. Praise focuses on who God is, whereas thanksgiving is an act of thanking Him for what He done.
Turn your eyes to look at the God of the universe and offer Him simple, heartfelt praise. He will accept the sacrifice of praise from our hearts, especially in hard times. Keep an attitude of praise. It will help you shift your focus to God. Keep an attitude of praise.