There’s a popular gospel song that says, “Praise Him! Praise Him in the morning. Praise Him! Praise Him in the noonday. Praise Him! Even in the midnight hour. Praise Him! All night long!” It’s a catchy song, but do we truly mean what we sing? Do we praise God throughout the day and all night? Do we wake up thanking Him for His mercies? Do we bless His name when we have enough money to pay our rent and car note for the month? Most importantly, when we’re going through hard times, do will continue to worship Him and put our trust in Him?
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV
Are you one who often says, “When I get to heaven, I’m going to—“? Stop, and ask yourself why can’t you do it now. As the saying goes, if you’re not going to do it now, you won’t do it then. Yes, Revelation 4 gives us a glimpse into what it would be like to be at God’s throne, worshiping Him day any night, and Revelation 21 and 22 shows us the new heaven and new earth, where we will serve and worship God forever, and He will dwell among us, His people, and He our God. It’s a wonderful thing to look forward to, but don’t you know you can have that now?
Jesus said in John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” The time is here now for you to worship God from your inner being, with your whole heart. He’s seeking you now, not after you get to heaven. Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” While you’re still alive and breathing His air, you should praise Him.
“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” Hebrews 13:14-15; NLT
We have no excuse for why we don’t praise God, and I include myself in this lecture because I know I don’t praise Him enough, or as often as I should. So let’s look at why we ought to praise Him, because maybe one of the problems for our lack of praise is that we just don’t know, or we’ve conveniently forgotten, we’ve been too wrapped up in ourselves. Well, after today, my hope is that we would all be wrapped up in God. There are many reasons for why we should praise God now, but for the sake of brevity, I will give you three based on some of my favorite psalms.
Praise Him for Who His Is
“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:3-5; NIV
Simply put, praise God because He is God. 1 Chronicles 16:29 (also in Psalm 96:8) says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Praise God because He deserves it. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.
God is great. Another song says, “I searched all over; couldn’t find nobody/I looked high and low; still couldn’t find nobody/Nobody greater, nobody greater, nobody greater than You.” There is no one greater than our God. Psalm 145:3 says, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:13 says, “Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor?” God’s greatness, His wisdom, His power is unfathomable, it’s beyond measure, it’s beyond our comprehension.
All things are possible with God; there is nothing He can’t do. Jesus says in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Psalm 96:5 says, “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” Psalm 95:6 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” No one but God can say He created the heavens and the earth. No one but God can say He drew man from His own image and breathed the breath of life into his lungs. No one by God can say that all things were created by Him and for Him. Psalm 24:1 says the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. Psalm 148 calls on all of creation to praise Him.
So praise God because He is God, the only true living God. Praise Him because He is great and worthy of the praise. Praise Him because He is the Creator of all things, including you.
Praise Him for His Love
“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 117:1-2
Don’t you know that God loves you? In fact, according to 1 John 4:8, God is love. Love can’t even exist outside of God. He says in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Psalm 136 tells us over and over why we should praise and continuously give thanks to God: Because His love endures forever, and He would do anything for His people whom He loves.
Isn’t that truly a blessing, that God’s love for us endures forever, that it is everlasting, steadfast and unchanging? Another song says, “You love me through my good and my bad.” Certain translations of the Bible also calls God’s love “unfailing.” God’s love will never fail us, it will never hurt us, it will never let us down, it will never leave us feeling “high and dry.”
And we know all too well the fickleness of human love, how it is typically based on happiness, what one can do for the other; how we can tell someone we love them, yet still hurt them, or leave them when they hurt us. But God’s love doesn’t have any requirements. He loves us already, He loved us before the foundation of the world, and He will never stop loving us, no matter what we do. Think of His love as a parent’s love to his or her child, but infinitely greater. God loves us despite our flaws, all the mistakes we may have made or will make in our past, present, and future. As my Pastor often says, “He loves us through our good, bad, and our ugly.” And why wouldn’t God love His own creation (Psalm 104:31)?
John 3:16 gives us the greatest example of God’s love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” No greater love, Jesus calls it, than someone who is willing to lay down his life (John 15:13). Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Remember what we said earlier, that there was nothing too hard for God, that God would do anything for the people whom He loves. God came down to earth as a man, took our place on the cross to die for our sins, and then conquered death three days later by rising from the dead, so that any and all who believe in Him and in His unfailing, unchanging, unending love, would live forever.
And with that, I am sealed. You don’t have to tell me anything else. For His love alone, I will praise Him for the rest of my days!
Praise Him for Where He’s Brought You From
“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5
Lastly, we should praise God for what He’s done in our lives. He’s forgiven us our sins. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” He says in Jeremiah 34:31, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God has wiped the slate clean. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:25-27 that Christ gave himself up for us to make us holy, cleansing us through the word, to present us as radiant, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Now, we can come to God freely. Romans 5:1 says now we have peace with God. 1 John 1:9 says He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and 1 Peter 2:9 says that God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. No longer are we slaves to sin and death, but we are slaves to the righteousness of God, which promises us life.
In forgiving us of our sins, God has also redeemed us from death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We were all on that path toward death and destruction, and whether or not we think one sin is greater than another, it is all sin to God. But thank God for Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for every one of our sins and took it up again so that we too may live. Jesus says in John 10:28-29, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” We have been brought back from the pits of death and now we have double security, through Jesus Christ and God our Father, and no one, absolutely no one, has the power to snatch us out of their hands and return us to that darkness we were saved from. Jesus tells us rejoice that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
A praise shout, made popular by Kirk Franklin says, “When I think about His goodness/ And what He’s done for me/When I think about His goodness/And how He’s set me free/I want to dance, dance, dance, dance, all night!” Have you danced for, shouted for, praised Jesus for where He’s brought you from? Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Psalm 30:11 says “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” Psalm 23:3 says He restores our souls. All these things we should praise Him for— forgiveness, salvation, healing, a purpose for our being here (Ephesians 1:4-6).He didn’t have to do any of it, but as we’ve learned in the previous point, He did it because He loves us.
In closing, we can take all these reasons for praising God and combine them into one final conclusion. God, who is the one and only, true and living, great and mighty God, who created all things, loved us, His own creation, so much that He went above and beyond— coming down to earth as a man, living, performing miracles, dying, rising again—to reconcile His people to Himself, forgiving them, cleansing them, giving them eternal life. For that, we should praise Him always!
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” Psalm 96:1-4; NIV
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you and we praise you for your goodness and mercy which follow us all the days of our lives. Lord, we know you are the one true God, the maker of heaven and earth. And you made us. You are the Great Shepherd, who laid down His life for His sheep, and we are yours, your people, the sheep of your pasture. You are great, Lord, and most worthy of all our praise and adoration. We will proclaim your love in the morning, and your faithfulness at night. We will give thanks and praise to your holy name, for you are good, your love endures forever, your faithfulness continues through all generations. You will never leave or forsake us, but you have redeemed us, healed us, forgiven us, saved us, and we thank you and praise you always. In Christ Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.