Praise

April 16, 2018

"Giving praise, as distinct from asking for something, in prayer, is something I tend to neglect, when I am caught up in my usual concerns...It is a common human tendency, I suppose, to be more aware of what we need, than of what we already have, thanks to the Lord’s abundant mercy and faith in us. So our prayers tend to look like shopping-lists of I need this and I need that, rather than praise-filled gratitude for His undying glory." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“Dying to self is a progressive journey, and I have come to believe it is traveled only through praise.” (Merlin Carothers)

 

“Praising the name of God centers one’s thoughts on His character…Praise is a contradiction of pride.” (Foundation Study Bible, Psalms 113:2, Matt Redman)

 

“We should give thanks to Him, as it is said: ‘In everything give thanks’ (I Thess. 5:18). Closely linked to this phrase is another of St. Paul’s injunctions: ‘Pray without ceasing’ (I Thess. 5:17), that is, be mindful of God at all times, in all places, and in every circumstance. For no matter what you do, you should keep in mind the Creator of all things...if everything you do becomes for you an occasion for glorifying God, you will be praying unceasingly. And in this way your soul will always rejoice, as St. Paul commends (cf. I Thess. 5:16).” (St. Peter of Damaskos)

 

“Praise and thanks are key ingredients in a healthy relationship with God. We need them as much as we need fresh air. Praise isn’t just an outward gesture; it reveals what’s inside us—the attitude we have toward God.” (NIV Men's Devotional Bible)

 

“It is good to praise God amidst our pain no matter how hard it is or how counter intuitive it feels. The reason is because although God is not the cause of our pain, He permits it for our growth and well-being. Praising God during our painful trial helps us to see Him working in our lives and it eases the pain, and give us the strength to both endure it and, more importantly, let the Holy Spirit do His work to mold the pain into spiritual fruit.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“Sometimes praise is repetitively desperate, but it is often in these repetitious cries that purer praise is found.” (David Crowder)

 

“When we praise God we thank Him for our situation, not in spite of it.” (Merlin Carothers)

 

“It doesn’t take a major calamity to get us down; a petty annoyance will do nicely. A day, an entire week, indeed a lifetime, can be spoiled by a series of light and momentary troubles. While one believer praises God in the midst of terminal illness, another grumbles because of a runny nose. What’s the difference between these two lives? Attitude."'(Mike Mason)

 

“No matter what the circumstances are, “let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” (Hebrews 13:15).” (Ron Rhodes)

 

"The chief purpose of life, for any one of us is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks."  (J.R.R. Tolkien)

 

“The light of God shining through one human being who knows the Lord spreads to another and another and another. Christ the Light of the world enables those He enlightens to worship, praise and give thanks. They are renewed and they renew many more.” (Dynamis 11/17/2012)

 

“Everything that God has created is like an orchestra praising Him." (Oswald Chambers)"When you see a beautiful painting, praise the artist. When you hear a beautiful song, praise the composer. When you experience beauty in nature, praise the Creator." (Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz)

 

“No matter what our circumstances, we should praise God. Others may come to Christ because of our example.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 16:22-25)