And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long. Psalm 35:28
Praise is a central part of worshipping God. To praise is to express adoration or approval. We praise the Lord for who He is, His works, and His character. We praise the Lord because He is worthy of all our praise.
Praise includes the acts of blessing, commending, honoring, thanking, celebrating, and rejoicing. In praising God, we exalt His goodness to others and make Him known among the nations. We see several important aspects of praising God in David’s instructions.
David spoke much of his own need and trouble in this psalm. Yet he ended with a strong focus on God and His praise. David magnified the Lord more than all his troubles and praised the Lord through it all. David understood the heart of God and met God with praise even in the most difficult times of his life. Like David, let the praises of the Lord remain on our lips irrespective of our circumstances. Let us praise the Lord with singing and dancing, with musical instruments, with our words and actions, with our uprightness, and with all our hearts.
Today, let us praise the Lord for the things He has done, for His mercy and His justice. Let us praise Him for His faithfulness, His promises, and His everlasting love. No matter what situation we are in, let us meet our Creator with Praise simply because He is Praiseworthy.