The Undeniable Value of Praising God for Everything

November 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I cannot think of anything better than spending your day praising God even as you move through the day.

I cannot think of anything better than spending your day praising God even as you move through the day.

As those of you who read this blog regularly can tell, I’m on a “kick” about praising God. Trouble is, I don’t want it to be just a “kick” or fad that I move away from later on. I want it to be something that turns into a deeply engrained habit and I’m praising Him that this will occur.

It bothers me when I’ve looked back at various times in my life when I should have been praising Him to realize that I was instead, complaining. The only excuse for that is selfishness and a desire to serve self instead of Him.

Janna, a guest writer that submits articles here, asked, why is so hard to remember to praise God? It’s an excellent question and one I have also asked.

I believe the reason is very simple. Let’s consider this. When we praise, several things happen.

  1. we submit to Him
  2. God is glorified
  3. Spiritually, we become more removed from the situation, and
  4. Satan flees because he is overruled

We can see this with Job. In Job 1, we learn about Job and most conservative scholars believe the book of Job is among the earliest ever written and the action took place during the time of early Genesis. If that is true (and I believe it is), one can only marvel at how much Job knew about God.

At any rate, Job 1 tells us of the terrible things that Job experienced. He lost his flocks. He lost his children. It must have terrible. Animals can be replaced, but children? You would think that Job would have every reason to complain, to become angry, and even embittered, yet that is not how he responded to these tragedies.

Job 1:20 tells us, “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.” I have emphasized that last word for a reason. In the midst of Job’s deep sorry (he tore his robe and shaved his head), he gave himself (fell to the ground) and worshiped his Creator. He, in fact, took the time to deliberately praise God for what had transpired. Remember, Job knew nothing of the situation between God and Satan. Job had no idea why these things befell him.

How do we know what constituted Job’s worship? We learn of it in the very next verse.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Once again, I have bolded the last sentence. Job ascribed praise to God. He took the time to deliberately offer a sweet benediction to God. In that one sentence, here is what Job was stating:

  • God was in control of all things
  • Job had no right to question God’s dealings of motivations
  • In the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, God still deserved our praise

Was Job saddened by what happened? Of course! He was not an automaton. His heart was likely breaking. Yet, he understood that God was not only Creator, but Sustainer of all things. Since God ruled over Creation and Job was part of that Creation, he (Job) had no right to think that God did not know what He was doing.

What Job did is what Scripture calls a “sacrifice of praise.”

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name,” (Hebrews 13:15).”

Let’s also be clear about something else. Throughout the many chapters in Job, we learn that Job did not always have this attitude. He went back and forth between believing God knew it all and wondering why He had done what He had done to him (Job). Even Job’s wife clearly had no understanding because in Job 2:9, she states, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” I’m not sure what man needs a helpmeet like that! Better to be alone.

Job had integrity. He valued his relationship with God. Even though he doubted at times (who doesn’t), he persevered in leaning on God and giving Him praise for the things that had happened in his life.

I fully believe that praise is the greatest weapon the Christian has at their disposal. We need to use this weapon before we use anything else, or at least in conjunction with His Word. It lifts us out of our circumstances, spiritually.

You can praise God in your car. You can praise God at your office cubicle (in your head). You can praise God as you are falling asleep and as you wake up each day. If we truly believe that God is our Lord, then doesn’t that mean that we act on that truth by trusting Him for everything He allows to come our way?

J. Sidlow Baxter, writing in his published daily devotional “Awake, My Heart,” says for November 14th that as authentic Christians, “We have a new outlook on life. We see God in everything, either directly guiding or permissively overruling for our good. There may be many incidents, but there are no accidents. Everything tingles with new significance.” [1]

The crux of our Christian walk rests on the fact that God is either our Lord or He is not. It cannot be both ways.

I cannot think of a better way to prove to the universe that we believe He is Lord of our life, by praising Him for everything that comes our way because once again, as Paul says, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (I Thessalonians 5:16-19).

Again, notice Paul states without equivocation that what comes into our life IS God’s will. We either accept it or fight against it. By praising Him, we submitting to Him, acknowledging His Lordship, and putting the enemy to flight.

Is there a better way to acknowledge His reign over our lives? I cannot think of one. I also believe praise opens up the fountains of His joy within us and we’ll talk more about that next time.

[1] Awake, My Heart – Daily Devotional Studies for the Year, J. Sidlow Baxter (1960), p. 335 (emphasis in original)

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