Praise and worship; more than a song
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. Psalm 145:1-6 NIV
Is praise and worship real part of our lives? Certainly we have all moments where circumstances compel us to voice our adoration and appreciation for God’s intervention. But sad to say, those moments are far too infrequent for many of Christ followers. Though our prayers and petitions remain continually before the Lord, our praise tends to imitate the deafening silence of a forgetful heart. David from the text extolled God’s various attributes. He recognized God as His King. He is captivated by God’s glory and His greatness. David provides for us an example of what true worship of God is all about. God should be worshiped for who He is. Such offer of worship to God should not stop. “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts” (v.4). Along with past generations, future followers would declare the magnificence of our God and King as they observe His wonderful works and provisions. Praising God, then, should not just be an obligatory part of our prayers. No, we worship because our praise is true and our God is worthy to receive our unending recognition of His Lordship over our lives. Not only that, our continued honoring of God is for our personal benefit for this is the purpose for which God created us. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23). Each of us exists to glorify our Creator. When there is a lack of praise because God is not pulling through to our requests, we made Christianity more about us than our Lord and Savior.