Praise Benefits Us
Have you noticed that praising the Lord benefits you?
Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.
Psalms 29:2: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalms 96:8: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
When we give our Creator what is due Him, what is rightfully His, we are blessed. When we shortchange Him we shortchange ourselves. Something that we owe Him but never quite give Him as much of as He deserves is praise. We cannot praise Him too much.
Revelation 4:8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
We who have been saved from the Lake of Fire and received the gift of eternal life have much more to praise the Lord about than those four beasts who have never needed forgiveness for anything and yet they praise the Lord 24/7. There are some things about praising Him that make us right with Him that do not happen in any other way. The following devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Psalms 9:1: I will praise Thee, O Lord.
Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth*s gratitude rises when the sun of heaven*s love warms the ground. Hath the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined His ear to the voice of thy supplication? Then praise Him as long as thou livest. Let the ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Deny not a song to Him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee the desire of thy heart. To be silent over God*s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse of the believer, and nerves him for fresh enterprises in his Master*s service. To bless God for mercies received is also the way to benefit our fellow-men; *the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.* Others who have been in like circumstances shall take comfort if we can say, *Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together; this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.* Weak hearts will be strengthened, and drooping saints will be revived as they listen to our *songs of deliverance.* Their doubts and fears will be rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. They too shall *sing in the ways of the Lord,* when they hear us magnify His holy name. Praise is the most heavenly of Christian duties. The angels pray not, but they cease not to praise both day and night; and the redeemed, clothed in white robes, with palm-branches in their hands, are never weary of singing the new song, *Worthy is the Lamb.*