Wade’s Wednesday

The Benefits of Praise

By Charles Stanley

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD”.—Psalm 150

Consider your most recent prayer to the Lord. Did you spend as much time praising Him as you did making requests?

In our selfish society, many people even attend church to get needs met—singing helps emotions, sermons “feed” the flock, and the choir entertains. . . . We forget thatthe primary purpose the Creator has for our lives is to exalt Him. 

Praise both magnifies and pleases the Lord, but we actually benefit from the practice as well. First, adoration of God modifies our estimation of “self”—it’s impossible to truly elevate God while clinging to pride. Instead, we come to recognize our sin, weakness, and dependence upon Him. As Scripture tells us in 2 Cor. 12:10, the Lord’s power is manifest when we show genuine humility.

Next, praise appropriately humbles us, as it is a reminder of God’s greatness and our dependence upon Him. But at the same time, exalting Him strengthens our sense of assurance, thereby increasing our faith. Then we are able to look beyond ourselves and our circumstances to see life from God’s perspective. 

One additional benefit of praise involves our physical bodies—when we focus on Jesus’ goodness, tension leaves and we find new strength. . . .As we lift His name, God is present—Psalm 22:3 tells us that He inhabits the praises of His people (kjv). 

Think about the Lord’s . . . work in your life. What can you praise Him for today?