“Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praise unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” (Ps 147:1)
God created us for a purpose. We did not just evolve as the proponents of evolution would have us believe. God is a God of purpose and everything He created was carefully thought out in His infinite wisdom.
Again and again, we are called to praise the Lord. This is not because God is lacking of praise – scripture tells us that billions of angels in the heavenlies continually praise the Lord day and night. However, it means that man can never be fulfilled until he enters the place of praise.
Why should we praise God? Some reasons are given in the psalm above why we should praise God.
First, praise is good: It is so difficult to see or hear anything good around us these days. It is either bomb explosions in Iraq, Egypt of London. Those things which even look good to us one minute could turn out otherwise the next minute. One thing however which we can be sure of is that praising God is good all the time! It is good for us to praise God. Praise also looks good on God because He deserves it!
Secondly, It is pleasant. It pleases God when we praise Him. It is also pleasing to our spirit when we praise the Lord. We are spirit beings made in the image and likeness of God. When someone praises us for a job well done, we feel good, don’t we? I am sure that God feels good when we praise Him for what He has done for us and that provokes in Him the desire to bless us more.
Thirdly, praise is comely (It is becoming and appropriate). It is appropriate that we give praise to God – our creator, our protector, our provider, our shield and our help in times of trouble. In giving honour to God, we do ourselves a great deal of honour.
Fourthly, because of His recreative ability. From verse 2, we are encouraged to praise God by virtue of His great and mighty acts. You may have built up a business which is crumbling, or your marriage is facing the threat of being destroyed, God is in the business of rebuilding! Give praise to God and watch Him rebuild the crumbling walls of your life. He did it for Jerusalem, He can do it for you!
Fifth, Because of His infinite knowledge and great power: while I was studying this psalm, I came across something which blew my mind. God knows the number of the stars! I discovered that astronomers claim there are over 40 sextillion (40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) of stars which are suns to other planets. I am sure that the astronomers are limited in their knowledge so we would definitely have more stars than these. But what trips me is the fact that God gave each one of then a name. He calls them all by name!
What that brings home to me is the fact that if God knows the number of the stars in the universe, which number far more than the people presently living, that means He knows my name! He knows your name! It means therefore that He hears each time you call upon Him. You are not just one infinitesimal being in the universe, He knows you!
Sixth, He Provides (verse 8 & 9): God ensures that the earth is fed by making sure that the clouds gather and offload their supply of rain upon the earth. The consequence of this is that the ground may receive nourishment needed for plants to grow which in turn ensures that man is fed. We ought to praise God for supplying our daily needs. He knows what we need even far beyond what we know!
So many reasons abound why must constantly and consistently praise God. Just think about these and other reasons that may come to your mind today and you will realize that indeed God deserves our praise!
Steve O. Popoola
© Biblepraise Fellowship Online, August, 2010.
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the webmaster of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He currently resides in London where he works as an IT professional. He serves in the ministerial team of his local church as well as in the music ministry. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org