I’ve heard some folks question God’s reason for commanding us to praise Him. Some think He’s proud or self-centered. In fact, the opposite is true.
Scripture says that God dwells in the praises of His people. If that’s true, then praise is actually the means to deeper intimacy with Him. And when we walk in intimacy with Him, we experience greater joy, peace, and purpose.
When we praise God despite our circumstances, we express trust in who He is and we honor Him. Or faith grows as our focus turns from our circumstances to His character. Praising God—at all times—ensures our spiritual well-being, and that’s a big deal considering the battle that rages around us.
Psalm 68:4 says, “Sing praises to God and to His name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord—rejoice in His presence” (NLT).
Let’s choose to praise God for who He is, no matter what our circumstances look like. Doing so strengthens our faith and enables us to face anything that comes our way.
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