July 9, 2024 | Mitchell Mace


2 Samuel 22:50 (NKJV) says, “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.”

Psalm 18:49 (NKJV) reiterates the same words as David used them in his own song of praise. Many more of his Psalms include portions or variations of the original 2 Samuel verse.

But when and how do we praise?
Why do we praise?
What are we to be praising God for?

We are to sing praises “to Your name” per the verse above. We are to sing the praises. And we are to sing the praises all the day long.

Psalm 35:28 (NKJV) says, “And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.”

Psalm 71:8 (NKJV) reads, “Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day.”

Ever since I finally came to understand this part of praise and worshiping our holy Father, and have come to make it a constant part of my day, I have found my life to be so much more enjoyable, even in times of hardship. The more I praise Him, the more happiness I seem to find. I praise Him in my prayers, I praise Him in my thoughts, and I praise Him in song as I work.

Recently in service, the message talked about the saltiness of our words, and of how that saltiness has power to change the flavor, or influence, the world around us.

That message brought to thoughts the relationship between the power and our praises. Let me explain.

We have learned that there is power in our words.

Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) confirms this as it says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

We know from above that we are to give our words of praise.

So, if there is power in our words, and we are to sing our words of praise, then our praise has power connecting to our holy Father.

Oxford language online gives the definition of praise as “express one’s respect and gratitude toward (a deity), especially in song.”
It further explains the origin of the word praise as “Middle English (also in the sense ‘set a price on, attach value to’): from Old French preisier ‘to prize, praise’, from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium ‘price’”

Reading that tells me that praise is more than just singing. It tells me there is more than just respect. It tells me that our praise has an actual value, maybe not by what we can see, but definitely a value to our holy Father. He values our praise. He values it as it shows our respect for Him, and of how much we value having Him in our lives every day.

Thank God!