How frequently do you take time to praise God?
Praise means “to bend down and to lift up.” David bent the knees of his heart and lifted up the name of God daily: “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:1-2). David’s worship of the Lord was in full view for all to see as he communicated the heart of God to others who would transfer Yahweh’s goodness to other generations (see Psalm 145:3-7). When we praise God, we bend the knees of our hearts to lift Him up 24/7. This means we worship Him the most where others expect it the least, including in our work, play, homes, and churches.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). Heaven had three meanings: (1) where we go when we die, (2) the stars in the sky, or (3) the air in and around us. Perhaps Jesus was emphasizing the close proximity of God, as close as the air in and around us.
When David praised his Creator, he experienced God’s Person and power (see Psalm 145:3-7). When we upload praise to God, He downloads His Person and power into our lives. This becomes evident in our communication of God to others. We transfer God’s Person and power to them, both through our walk and our talk.
Praise God the most where people expect it the least. Praise Him 24/7, including in your work, play, home, and church. Identify any setting where you believe you are limiting your praise of God. Commit to lifting up God in that setting with your heart, desires, and life so you worship Him 24/7. When you pray, praise your heavenly Father for Who He is (holy) and for being as close as the air in and around you. God will download His Person and power into your life, empowering you to link the same with others.