By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
If King David were with us today, no doubt he would sound this clarion call to every believer: “Praise the Lord!” He would encourage us to clap our hands, to make a joyful noise to almighty God with musical instruments, and to shout praises to the Most High God. That’s right, shout! And David wouldn’t quietly stand before us, meekly offering this as a suggestion for us to consider. No, he would be animated; he would implore us to join him and all the saints of God in praising.
So if you were to meet David today, would you gladly heed his call to praise God with your entire being—all that you are, all that you have, and all that you will ever be—every day of your life?
Praise is more than obligation—more than a simple spiritual exercise. It is something more than singing songs in church on Sundays. Praise is the path that brings us near to God and His love, His power, and His grace. It brings us closer to the throne of God, to a more intimate relationship with our Creator, Savior, and Lord, and to a more fulfilling life on this earth.
We are driven to know our reason for being. We want our lives to make a difference, to bring out something of lasting value. One of life’s great questions is this: “What is the purpose of my life?” For those who believe in Jesus as their Savior, the purpose of life is clear: We exist to bring glory to God. To find a life of meaning, we need to concentrate on praising Him.
Not only does praise put us in closer communion with God, it also reveals things to us about ourselves. Praise opens our eyes to spiritual reality, to the love and power of God, and to our desperate need for Him. As we pursue our life’s purpose in following Christ, our very lives are an expression of praise to God.
Prayer: Father, help me to embrace my purpose in life—to glorify You. May I praise You today with my entire being. Praise the Lord! Amen.
“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” (Psalm 18:46).