THIS is Eternal Life!
What could be easier than praising the Lord??!!! But the truth is, most people are unwilling and unable to praise God! To “praise” something or someone means to applaud, to honor, to commend, to admire, to exalt. We often praise someone who has accomplished something or someone who has revealed their character by showing kindness or compassion to others. People are often praised for using their abilities to reach a specific goal or to accomplish a specific task. Some of these things may well be “praiseworthy,” yet, the Bible reserves our highest praise for God Himself! God alone is worthy of our highest praise as our Creator and our Savior. We owe our very existence to Him and apart from His love in Christ Jesus, we would all perish in our sin. Only those who have been born again by His Spirit can and will truly praise God! For us, praise is as natural as breathing. Our Father in heaven has given us life for this very purpose, that of all His creation, we would proclaim His greatness and His glory for all the world to hear!! This is our joy now and it will be our joy for eternity as we join with the angels and the saints before His throne! May you hear the words of the writers of these Psalms as they call God’s people to worship, and may you be moved to respond, “I will praise the LORD!”