“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His wonderful works to the children of men.” (Psalm 107:8) The author of this most beautiful psalm issues a call to people everywhere to join in and praise the Lord for all of His goodness and mercy, and this same refrain is reiterated five more times through this chapter.

Has it ever occurred to you that the call of God comes to each of us to praise Him for His power within us. Only as we give credit to whom it is due can we be a winsome witness to the saving power of our Savior Jesus Christ.

God does not need our praise because of a low ego and the need to build up His self-confidence, but God is pleased when from sincere hearts that we offer thanks and give voice to praise. The offering of genuine praise to God will be one of our chief activities after we have entered our eternal home that Christ is preparing for those who love Him.

Not only in the heart of God pleased by our giving praise unto Him for His goodness, but in so doing our hearts are blessed also. By taking the time to enumerate the blessings of God in our praising Him our hearts will be strangely warmed and encouraged. If we do more thanking Him for His blessings upon us, the offering of praise will encourage a more positive outlook on life and will aid us in practicing the presence of the Almighty.

The Bible teaches us that the unredeemed persons are dead in trespasses and sins and are spiritually blind. They are deaf to the voice of God’s Holy Spirit and are very much aware that something is missing in their lives, but until someone comes with the good news of God’s love, grace, and mercy, they do not know what it is. If we all would use just a part of the opportunities that we have to offer praise to God, we would be surprised at the beneficial results in the lives of others.

The Psalmist resolved that he would praise God continuously, “Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty works.” (Psalm 145:2-4) We must praise God for our own benefit. We must praise Him for the benefit that it can bring others. We must praise Him if we would pass on to our children the benefits of our experiences with Him.

“Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150:6)

                                                                                                                                 Elder Al Ware