How To Start Giving Praise To God

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Giving praise to God is a way of being thankful to God, but it is much more than thankfulness. It is an attitude of the heart; our own sacrifice of praise to His Holy name;  telling God about His own glory to Him, speaking to Him or to others what we know to be true of Him. 

Praise is the only thing we can do for God. He does not need us. We need Him. Praising Him is a type of honor and sacrifice that we give to our great King. 

Praising God is something that I find myself leaning away from at times in my life. It’s easy to give so much thought and attention to what is going on in life that I forget to stop everything and devote my inmost being to giving praise to God.

There is more benefit to praising God than there is in anything else we can do. Giving praise to God should be the most important and the first thing we think of in every situation we find ourselves in. But, sadly, this is a practice that’s all too easy to neglect, unless we train ourselves and practice it often.

There are multitudes of books written on the subject of praise, but the Bible is our main instruction Book, giving us plenty of reasons to praise the Name of God, commands to do it, and examples of how. 

What Does It Mean To Praise The Greatness Of God?

When we praise someone, we are recognizing something about them, either an action or a quality or characteristic. Praising God is much the same but on a much higher level. God is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. He is so holy and glorious that it’s hard for us to fully understand. 

When we are giving praise to God, we are recognizing something about Him, either something He’s done or one of His many awesome characteristics.

Created To Praise

We were created to bring Him praise. We were created to glorify Him. That is our job, our ultimate purpose. 

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Why Should We Praise God?

In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were the precursor of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. In fact this system of sacrifice was pointing the way to the Messiah, the Rock of our Salvation, who would save God’s people from their sins. 

These animal sacrifices were considered a way of being absolved from past sin, and also a way to give praise to God. 

The book of Hebrews in the New Testament explains why the old Law couldn’t save people from sin once and for all, because those sacrifices were temporary and had to be made continuously. 

But there was something, actually someone,  much better in God’s plan. We can see signs of this better plan all the way through the Old Testament – Jesus.

Hebrews 3:11-12

Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices time after time, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. (CSB)

Hebrews 13:11-12

For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest as a sin offering are burned outside the camp. Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that he might sanctify the people by his own blood.  Hebrews 13:11-12

God made a way for us to be forgiven when we accept the blood of Jesus as the one and only sacrifice needed for our sins. 

Hebrews 13:15

Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 

As we recognize what He has done for us, we are filled with relief and joy and praise toward Him. So, you see, our praise to God is considered a beautiful sacrifice, one that He is pleased with. 

Who Should Praise God

Matthew 11:25-26

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure.”

  • Jesus praised God, even though He was the Son of God, and He was God.

Isaiah 43:21

This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. (NKJV)

Everyone who is a believer has great reason to praise Him – by His grace He has saved us all.

Acts 16:24-26

Receiving such an order he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” (Paul and Silas were worshipping with singing, and just after they had been thrown into prison!).

The faith of Paul and Silas was so strong and so convincing, that they spent most of the night praising God, the foundations of the prison were shaken by an earthquake, the doors were opened, and all of the prisoners were freed from their chains!

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Luke 17:15-16

But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. He fell face down at his feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan.

Even the most unlikely people will give praise to God. This Samaritan (Samaritans were thought of as heathens by the Jews), after being healed by Jesus, humbled himself and walked back to Jesus to thank Him and to praise God for his healing. Even non-believers give God praise.

2 Chronicles 20:20-24

In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were about to go out, Jehoshephat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God and you will be established; believe in his prophets and you will succeed. Then he consulted with the people and appointed some to sing for the Lord and some to praise the splendor of his holiness. When they went out in front of the armed forces they kept singing: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his faithful live endures forever.’ The moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush against the Moabites, the Ammonites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites turned against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, and completely annihilated them. When they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped destroy each other. When Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked for the large army, but there were only corpses lying on the ground; nobody had escaped.

Everyone who faces any battle, spiritual or temporal (hint: all of us).I absolutely love this example of God’s saving grace in a battle, when His people praised Him as Sovereign Lord, in spite of their fear. 

Philippians 2:9-11

For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Variations of this prophetic verse are reinforced in multiple places in the Bible, including Isaiah 45:23-24 and Revelation 5:13)

In the end, everyone will be praising God. Even if they never believed or worshiped Him. Yes, every person who ever lived will one day bow before the Lord and give Him praise, whether they want to or not, whether they were ever a believer in life or not.

Giving Thanks And Praise To God

Giving thanks and giving praise are similar, but not quite the same. Thanking God can be done by telling him ‘thank you’ for something we are grateful for, something He’s done for us. It’s important to thank God all the time. 

We praise Him for who He is, for His characteristics, those things that are true about Him no matter what we are going through. 

  • I can praise God because He is unchangeable. Nothing about Him ever has or ever will change. I can count on this. 
  • I can praise God because He is good. Our good, good Father will never do anything wrong or make a mistake. 
  • I can praise God because He knows every single thing that can be known, about anything and anyone. His wisdom is far beyond what we know as wise. 
  • I can praise God because He is with me always, every minute of every day, even when I ignore Him. He is everywhere, with everyone, every single minute of every day and every night. 
  • I can praise God because He doesn’t need me or anyone or anything. He exists without any neediness. 
  • I can praise God because He is just. He knows what is right in every situation and will judge and punish wrong. 
  • I can praise God because He is merciful. Even though I am a dirty sinner, He will spare me from His wrath when I accept Christ, who died for my sins.
  • I can praise God because He loves me. No matter what. 
  • I can praise God because He is holy and I am not and I can’t understand His holiness, except that it is the complete opposite of any human importance. He is set apart from all people and when I get a glimpse at it I am struck with awe. 
  • I can praise God because He is so powerful that no one can ever conquer Him. He has power over every event and human on earth and can work miracles in minds, bodies, and nature. 
  • I can praise God because He is perfect and beautiful and kind and glorious and righteous and compassionate and tenderhearted and gracious and faithful and unsearchable and He holds all authority on earth and in heaven. 
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How To Give Praise To God

There are so many ways and reasons to praise God. If we read the Bible, we will find countless things to praise Him about. 

Speaking His praises is probably the most common way of expressing this praise. He loves it when we praise Him to Himself and when we praise Him out loud to other people. 

You can read examples throughout the whole Bible of how to praise God with words. We can learn how to praise God in prayer or we can just have conversations with Him as we go about our day with an attitude of praise. 

We also see lots of examples of believers singing songs of praise to God by making a joyful noise to Him in the Bible. One less obvious way of giving praise is through what we do and how we live our lives, as we point to God through our actions. How will you give praise to God through your actions?

Praising God in difficult times is indeed a sacrifice of praise. At one time in my life, I was going through something so hard, I didn’t want to get up in the morning and could hardly motivate through my days. But I had to go to work, and work with people, no less. 

As I wrestled with it all, I asked myself “what if nothing ever changes?”. In answer to myself and to God, I determined that even if the situation never got better, I would still give God praise. 

There were days that I said the words of praise quietly through tears and with feelings that were far from joyful. But I said them. And after a while, I began to mean them. And He came through. 

In His time, He reached everyone involved in that convoluted situation and brought me through to a place of forgiveness and joy once again. Yes, I have learned how to offer the sacrifice of praise when my lips did not want to follow my heart’s directions. 

I have seen God work with great power. And I have learned that He is good no matter what I can see and feel. When I remember that time and all He accomplished in myself and others, my faith soars and I can praise Him with all of my hear

Words Of Praise And Admiration

Do you struggle with giving praise to God because you don’t know what words to say? Just open your Bible for help. I’ve listed some Bible references that contain praises. You can pray these specific words or use them to get started, adding your own words as you are led.

Exodus 15:2 (CSB) – The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:11 – Lord, who is like you among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?

Deuteronomy 10:21 – He is your praise and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awe-inspiring works your eye have seen.

2 Samuel 22:4 – I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.

1 Chronicles 16:8-14 – Give thanks to the Lord; call on his name; proclaim his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him; sing praise to him; tell about all his wondrous works! Boast in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wondrous works he has done, his wonders, and the judgments, he has pronounced, you offspring of Israel his servant, Jacob’s descendants-his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; His judgments govern the whole earth.

1 Chronicles 16:23-34 – Let the whole earth sing to the Lord. Proclaim his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples. For the Lord is great and highly praised; he is feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; bring an offering and come before him. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea and all that fills it resound; let the fields and everything in them exult. Then the trees of the forest will shout for Joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.

Nehemiah 9:6 – You, Lord, are the only God. You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and all the stars of heaven worship you.

Psalms (throughout most of the book of Psalms you will find wonderful examples of praise to God )

Isaiah 12:5 – Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth.

Isaiah 25:1 – Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you. I will praise your name, for you have accomplished wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

Isaiah 45:5 – I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God but me. I will strengthen you, though you do not know me…

Daniel 2:23 – I offer thanks and praise to you, God of my ancestors, because you have given me wisdom and power. And now you have let me know what we asked of you, for you have let us know the king’s mystery.

Romans 11:33-36 – Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 12:1-1 – Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ.

Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us – to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy – dwell on these things.

Colossians 1:16-17 – For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things and by him all things hold together.

1 John 4:16 – And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

Our great God is so worthy of our praise. He has done great things throughout time and in the life of every one of us. Offering prayers of praise, singing His praises in worship services, and telling others of His good deeds, are all examples of forms of worship and giving praise to God. 

You see, giving praise to God is a beautiful expression of our worship. It isn’t a hard thing to do, and we can express our praise to Him in so many ways. The power of praise is a gift He has given us – all of the mighty ways of worshiping His glorious Name!

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