The Hebrew word for “praise” is yadah, meaning “praise, give thanks, or confess.” A second word from the Old Testament is zamar, “sing praise.” Another word is halal, the root of hallelujah, meaning “to praise, honor, or commend.” All are words of giving thanks and honor to one who is worthy of praise. God’s word is full of praise, Psalm 147 and 148 are the ones I have been meditating on this week.
Praising God is not a feeling. Praising God is a conscious activity. We praise Him by thoughtfully extolling His goodness, His greatness, His majesty, His love, His grace, His mighty deeds on our behalf, and those we love. Praise is conscious admiration and thanks for whom God is and what He is doing in our lives.
To learn to give God praise in all things now that is the being of understanding that no matter what is happening in our lives, God is due all Praise and Glory. To be able to praise Him when we are sick, depressed, loss of a job, loss of loved ones, loss of anything that we hold dear.
I really had to work through this after the fire, when we lost everything, or that is what I thought. Over the last year the Lord has been showing me what I gained through that experience, and no it is not the replacement items. As we are still living with minimal things which makes for a lot less to clean and maintain. It is not the things that make me happy or content, it is the closer walk with the Lord and the deepening of a relationship I was not expecting to have with my heavenly Father. So when you take time to praise the Lord, remember to be consciously active in your praise and see what the Lord teaches you.
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