Did you know that Scripture says more about our praise life than our prayer life? Praise is the highest spiritual exercise we practice. In our praise, we worship God for Him and for who He is. Our praise also encourages others, strengthening weak hearts and giving courage to shaken saints who are persevering a difficult time in their faith journey. Praise is the key to living a life of happiness because we know that in God, through Christ, we have an unspeakable joy and enduring hope. Praise lifts our eyes off our circumstances and raises them up to focus on the Lord, who is our constant help in every situation we face. We praise God because He is good and He delights in our praise. Each day, we have a new opportunity to live a life that praises God. What we do with that opportunity is up to us. Each of us can choose. We can dwell on the negatives or we can show the world where our hope comes from and how to endure in a race that is not always easy to run.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV)