Here’s another insight on praising of God. In response to the question “Why praise?” is another question, “Why breathe?.” Praising God is as essential to spiritual health and growth as breathing is to our physical well being.
As we breathe out our praise to God, we can then breathe in the further blessedness of who He is. A Christian who has shallow spiritual breathing can trace the problem to his heart, the center of his emotions. In the physical realm, heart failure results in shallow breathing with serious consequences unless the heart problem is recognized. So too in the spiritual arena.
King David said it well in Psalm 26:2, “Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. . .” Then with David again, we can rejoice and praise God as he said in Psalm 28:6-7: “Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”
By God’s grace may we all “breathe praises” to God and have “leaping hearts!
Written by Neil Glass used with permission.