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Do You Praise?

January 24, 2007

I have found that many Christians don’t know the difference between praise and thanks, and many don’t seem to care.  How can you praise God if you don’t know what praise is?  Here’s your task for this discussion:  Give a definition of praise from your head, using the passages that are also in your head that you associate with your definition.   By the way, just a hint—don’t use the word “praise” in your definition.

Secondary question and discussion:  Why praise?

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  1. Bill Hardecker
    January 24, 2007 at 8:28 am

    My definition of praise (just out of the top of my head)…Praise: to ascribe greatness to someone or something. Revelation 4:11 is an example that comes to my mind of praising God. Recognizing that God is worthy to recieve power, glory, honor, because of who He is and what He has done. The verse explains that God created all things and He intends for all of His creatures to bring pleasure unto Him.

    So then, to praise God, is to ascribe greatness unto God.

    Praising God in prayer is lifting God in our hearts and mind, realizing that He is our Heavenly Father, and recollecting His character and works.

    Praising God in testimony is lifting God in the midst of the congregation and telling others what God has done or is doing.

    “Why praise?” because He is worthy. Also Psalms commands us to praise Him.

  2. January 24, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Brother Bill has thought about this. Good for you and bless the Lord. I’m not going to give any more statements right now, because I want participation. The worst thing that could happen to you is that you praise, or should I say best?

  3. January 24, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I’m lovin’ it — a great exercise!

    Both praise and thanksgiving are forms of recognition. Praise is recognition of the Sovereignty of God, and thanksgiving is recognition of the Providence of God. Praise recognizes God for what He is. Thanksgiving recognizes God for what He does.

    When we praise God, we give Him the glory due unto His name. We declare His glory among all nations and before the heathen. We lift up His name, we ascribe unto Him greatness. We hallow His name. We proclaim with the angels, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” (misquoted because teacher won’t let me look). When we praise the Lord, we bless His name. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Praise acknowledges the greatness, the goodness, the holiness, the majesty of God and of His name, while at the same time crying out, “What is man that thou art mindful of him?”

    When we thank God, we recognize His benefits. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. We acknowledge that God is good to us, and that he daily loads us with blessings. We give him glory because his mercies are new every morning, and his faithfulness is great. We confess His providences both in general and in particular.

    Praise and Thanksgiving work best in tandem. They are like a team of oxen pulling the yoke. Praise and Thanksgiving is Mary’s Magnificat. “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior… For he that is mighty hath done to me great things.” We can’t praise the greatness of God without mentioning the great things He does. We can’t thank God for doing great things to us without praising God for being great. When I see His goodness, I can’t help but see His goodness to me. And when I see His goodness to me, I can’t help but see His great goodness.

    And there is so much more that could be said…

  4. January 24, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Driven home with strength and coordination, Mallet. Hey folks, this isn’t competition, this is practice time. Contribute. Turn on your sprinkler system.

  5. January 25, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Sorry, but this isn’t controversial. We aren’t fighting, so we won’t be getting many comments here.

  6. Gary Zdziarski
    January 25, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I would say, off the top of my head, that praise has to do with Who God is regardless of anything. Because of Who God is, He is worthy of our praise, the praise of nature, etc..(CCM not included). Thanksgiving is thanking God for those things that actually have to do with us. What this God Who is worthy of Praise has done for my and that I want to thank Him for what He has done and how it has affected me. Not too theological but what do you want from a pollack.

  7. January 25, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Youski’s commentskis wereski fineski. He Is Worthy of Praise. Let’s take time to praise Him right now. Let’s keep it going!

  8. January 26, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    To ascribe and assent to His greatness. To recognize and confess that He is who He is. God is all that God is, we by His grace are so wonderfully blessed to know who He is. So when we confess that He is who He is (pick an Attribute), we are praising Him. The sledgehammer hit the heart, I had to comment. Praise be unto our God, for His excellant greatness!

  9. January 27, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Yes, Praise, extolling, exalting, recognizing, communicating to Him Who He is, and, Thanks, recounting, expressing, speaking to Him, What He’s done. He is Good. He does Good. He is Loving. He Loves. He is Powerful. He does Powerful acts. He benefits us uniquely and individually. He cares for me personally. He sent His Son for me. He Knows All. He Changes Not. He is God. He is High Above Us. Of course, we can also sing praise and sing thanks. We can play praise and play thanks. We can praise solo or corporately. We praise Him in His assembly. We praise Him before the heathen (evangelism).

    Why Praise?
    Because He wants it.
    Because He has made it possible.
    Because He created us to.
    Because He taught us to.
    Because He delights in it.

    Praise is part of worship. Praise is part of what He wants that we give Him. We give Him more than praise, but we do praise.

    We’ll do it for all eternity, so let’s get started. Let’s continue.

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