Purpose in the Praise
Not without Purpose #5
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Praise—God desires it, even commands it. He is not an egoist who needs our worship for validation. Contrary to filling His need, God requests our praise to satisfy our need, and He particularly welcomes it during difficult times.
How does praising God satisfy our needs? What does it do for us?
♦ Brings us into God’s presence and gives us an audience with Him, enabling us to replace our fear with His peace.
♦ Redirects our thoughts from an impossible situation to the God with whom nothing is too hard, reminding us of His power and authority.
♦ Turns our vision from inward to upward, taking our eyes off the partial, experiential truth we see and focusing them on the unseen world praise reveals.
♦ Prioritizes the truth of His power and purposes above our pain, revitalizing our hope and refreshing us.
♦ Changes our perspective from temporal to eternal, calming our heart and positioning it to trust.
Basically these five statements have nuances of meaning that say the same thing—in praise we remember who God is as we declare Him to be Lord of all.
The purpose of praise is to point us to God and remind us that He is God and we are not.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4