Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! … Extol the LORD, O Jerusalem, praise your God, O Zion.
Psalm 147:1, 12 NIV*
Verses 2 – 6 say, “The LORD builds… gathers… heals… binds up… determines… names… sustains… casts down.”
Our God is worthy of praise. Something within us needs to praise Him—was made to praise Him.
We need to praise Him privately, adoring Him and growing our trust and confidence in Him.
But we also need to praise Him publicly. We need to tell others what He has done, because
- He deserves it,
- it strengthens other believers’ faith,
- it shows His reality to those who don’t believe, and
- it strengthens our own faith as we re-tell what He has done.
Sometimes church feels to me like a spectator sport. I go, reminding myself “let us not give up meeting together…” (Hebrews 10:25, NIV) but I wonder: are we meeting together? Exchanging stories to encourage our faith? Sharing and bearing one another’s burdens? Or are we putting on our nice faces for a visit to our faith club, then going back into our world powerless and unchanged?
LORD, I need to praise You more, to build my trust and confidence in You by thinking and talking about what You do. Help me see Your hand at work around me, and help me share it with others. I’m not the only silent one. Please wake Your body and loosen our tongues to declare Your glory.