Praise is one of the most important things a Christian can do if they wish to be close to God and free form the bondages of the world. However, there seems to be a misunderstanding in the body of Christ about what praise really is. To praise God is an act of worship or acknowledgement by which the virtues or deeds of another are recognized or extolled. Our praise to God is the means by which we express our joy to the Lord, because the joy of the Lord is our strength; hence, we display that joy back to God through our praise. We are to praise the Lord for who he is and what he does. Praising God for who he is… is called adoration; praising God for what he has done is called thanksgiving.
Our display of praise unto God may be in song or prayer, individually or collectively, spontaneous or prearranged. Our praise unto God originates from the emotions of the will. Hence, you must be willing to freely give God praise. Psalm 150 shares with us the where-why-how and who of praise. The psalmist says God should be praised in his sanctuary and the universe (firmament of his power); he should be praised for his mighty acts. Thirdly, he should be praised with every instrument known to man.
Finally, he should be praised by every living creature; which most certainly includes man. God gave man everything he needed to praise him at birth. He gave us a mouth to sing-hands to clap-feet to tap and a life to live that can exemplify praise. You don’t need an instrument to praise God; instruments enhance our praise. However, it shouldn’t be the focus of praise.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason