Why begin with Praising God? It sets the tone for our time with God. Praising God for who He is, reminds us of God’s identity and reinforces our understanding of who He is. As we praise Him we become more aware of His power in the world and His presence in our lives. Beginning by praising God follows the examples found in the Bible. But, perhaps most importantly God is worthy of our praise!
More ideas for Praising God:
- Praise Him by looking around for what you see that is attributable to God. Take a walk and look, really look around you, and praise God for the glorious creation all around you: “Lord, I praise You for the beauty of the sky, for the warmth of the sun, for bringing the sun up every morning and the moon out in the evening. I praise you for the beauty of the beach, for the little sandpipers that scurry along, for the individual beauty of millions of different seashells, for waves that consistently wash the shore, and for the sand on the beach. . . and to think that Your thoughts of me out number the millions of granules of sand (Psalm 139:18)! How I praise You God!”
- Praise Him for what you read about Him in the Bible! Try reading one or more Psalms and praise God for how He is revealed. For example, from Psalm 25:1-5: “To you O Lord I do lift up my soul (and my voice)! It is only in You that I trust. I believe what Your Word says, that ‘No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame.’ Please show me Your ways and teach me Your paths. Give me the strength and courage to be obedient to Your Truth and Your teaching. For You are my God. You are my Savior. And You are my hope, today and tomorrow. In You, and You alone do I trust!”
One of my favorite places read in the Bible and praise God is in Revelation. I find that as I praise God as I read how we will praise Him when we see Him face to face. Try some of these passages from the book of Revelation: 1:4-8; 4:8, 11; 5:9-14; 7:10-17; 15:3-4; 19:1-8; 21:1-14, 21-27; 22:1-21.
Praise Him through music. If you’re musically inclined, compose your own psalm, a song that magnifies and glorifies the greatness of God!
Now don’t just sit there. . . use one of the ideas above and praise God!