Psalms 34:1- I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
When Solomon finished building the temple of God (2nd Chron 6:13,14a), Solomon knelt down on his knees before the congregation, spread forth his hands towards heaven and cried, “O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven or in the earth”. Why? These men knew the importance of communicating with the Creator. Praise forms an important component of our spiritual life since in the act of praise we rise above our emotions and feelings and give adoration to God solely based on who He is. Approaching God only in times of need reduces Him to an object rather than a person with whom we desire to have a relationship with.
Writing from a prison to the church at Philippi, the apostle Paul encourages the church in Philippians (4:4), “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice”. Praise begins to flow from each of our hearts when we recognize who God is and that He chose to create us, communicate with us and bless us. In retrospection, praise automatically flows from our hearts. Has this become a lifestyle that we have all learned to cultivate? Let our praise of Him today and everyday be a natural outpouring of a heart filled with gratitude towards God.
Contributed by Paul V. Kumar