I love November! The year is quickly coming to an end, the holidays are approaching, and it’s a great time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. As we celebrate the act of thanksgiving this month we want to dive into the topic of praise and worship. Our hope is that throughout the month you develop a better understanding of what praise and worship is and that it turns into a daily act of thanksgiving for you.
Praise: the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.
This past weekend I went to a restaurant and was unsure of what to get for my appetizer, entree, and dessert (it was my first time there so I was skeptical on what was good). When I asked our waiter what his opinions were on my choices his response is what sold me. He raved about how amazing the crab stack was with its combination of cucumber, mango, and sauce on the side. He deliciously described how the flavors of my ribeye steak would be complimented by the crab stack, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus. Lastly, his reaction towards their cheesecake was all I needed to confirm my choice.
I don’t think you caught it though. The waiter was able to express his approval or admiration towards these options because he was knowledgeable about them and had experience to go off of.
Praise is easy. It’s us who complicate it.
I’ve heard people say before that they don’t praise God because they don’t know how. The truth is, we have all practiced praising before.
We praise restaurants, movies, stores, clothing brands, etc.
We praise sports teams, athletes, movie stars, music artists, celebrities, etc.
We praise our jobs, our careers, our bosses, etc.
We praise our significant other, spouse, and/or children.
We even praise that little device you’re probably reading this on (our cell phones).
We express our approval or admiration so easily towards these things without even realizing it, so the question remains, “why is it so hard to praise God?”
The answer is simple. We lack the knowledge.
Let’s go back to the waiter. It would have been hard for him to speak about how delicious an entree was or go into details about it if he didn’t have any knowledge of it or had never experienced it. He couldn’t have praised if he did not know.
The more you know God, the easier it becomes to praise Him.
You’ll rave about his faithfulness unto you (2 Thessalonians 3:3), his strength (Psalms 18:1), and his unconditional, never ending, never failing love towards you (Jeremiah 31:3).
How do you get to know God? By spending time with him and reading his word.
Once your knowledge of God increases so will your praise unto him and you’ll find yourself praising God every chance you get (Psalms 34:1 MSG).
The more you know God the more you express your admiration of Him.
Remember, you are His beloved afterall.