(Psa 146:1-2) "Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."
In my previous article, we saw how the bible documents that praising God is standard operating procedure in heaven. Praise is a non-stop activity in heaven; it occurs on a 24/7 basis. Rev 4:8-11). We’ll now continue our study of Chapter 8 in Dr Paul Billheimer’s book, “Destined For The Throne”.
Dr. Billheimer has this to say about the practical aspect of praise:
"...if the highest function of the angelic hosts is praise, it follows logically that the highest function of the human spirit must also be praise. …This is the…greatest good, the highest joy of the human spirit….Worship and praise….strengthens all that is most sublime, transcendent, and divine in the inner being. Thus as one worships and praises, he is continually transformed …into the image on the infinitely happy God..."
“...here is one of the greatest values of praise: it decentralizes self…The worship and praise of God demands a shift of center from self to God. One cannot praise [God] without relinquishing occupation with self. When praise becomes a way of life, the infinitely lovely God - rather than the bankrupt self – become the center of worship…praise produces forgetfulness of self… Praise and …domestic vices are totally incompatible…Once cannot praise and sulk. Praise and irritation cannot co-exist...”
In other words, a consistent, constant, life-style of praise will literally change the way you think! Remember Romans 12:2?: "… be transformed by the renewing of your mind." It cannot be overstated how critical this is! 2nd Cor 10:5 tells us that “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Without question, this is a definitive key to mind-renewal. Perhaps this is why God felt it important to stress praise as much as he does in the Psalms (Ongoing, constant, consistent praise is mentioned at least a dozen times in Psalms!). The critical question for the vast majority of us is: if it’s so important, why haven’t we been doing it? Why hasn’t it been taught? Do you praise God on a daily, on-going, consistent basis?
Consider this: If you’re not in the habit of praising God in the good times, how will you ever learn to praise Him in the bad times? Think about it.
Next time: The praise habit: how to praise God continuously.
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