Psalm 33:1, "Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright."
Praise is a major theme throughout the book of Psalms. It's hard to read the book of Psalms without picking up on some helpful ideas about praise. In my recent reading through Psalms, I found a few things that I personally refer to as the Profit of Personal Praise. I pray these few things will benefit you in your spiritual walk in the area of personal praise to God.
Praise Promotes God. It is impossible to praise without having an object of our praise. The psalmist's object of praise is the same as ours ought to be as Christians - the Lord. So when we praise, we need to make sure it's directed at God and not for our own boasting of ourselves. We can promote God in our praise by acknowledging what He is for us. As the psalmist says in Psalm 18:2, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
As Christians, it should be easy to promote God for what He is for us in our salvation. Without God's salvation, we would be lost and on a path toward hell.
Praise Provides Proper Perspective. The Psalms can help us keep our perspective of ourselves and God in check. In the latter verses of Psalm 18, the psalmist notes many things God did for him: He taught him; He sheweth him mercy; He strengthened him; He delivered him; and so on. The psalmist concludes the chapter by saying, "Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, ..." (verse 49).
Because he realized all the things that happened to him were not because of his own doing, but that God had done them for him, the psalmist praised God. We need to keep our perspective this way. Realize that the things that happen in our lives are at the hand of God and we should not get caught up in ourselves thinking we were the reason for them.
Praise Produces Perpetuation. When we keep with the previous point of having a proper perspective, then it's hard not to praise God all the time. Everything we see with this perspective should cause us to praise Him. In Psalm 30:11-12, the psalmist seems to make this apparent to us: "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever."
Christian, I challenge you today and every day to find ways to Promote God, keep a Proper Perspective, and Perpetually Praise Him for He is worthy!
Written by Mike Carruthers