Different Ways To Praise God
Before you begin, I urge you to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you read this. I hope that He unveils, teaches, or encourages you (or all three) to draw close to God in Jesus Christ.
Do you praise God daily? Did you know that praising comes in different ways, not just in the form of singing? The bible says, in whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). That alone is praising God, don’t you know???
The things that you do for Him, that alone magnifies the One you serve. It praises His name and glorifies Him in the ways that He only knows.
In my recent post, I wrote about the reasons why it is important to praise God. In this post, however, I will provide several ways you can praise God, and it is not only based on listening to praise and worship music. Though, those are good as well.
Praise in the dictionary means the express warm approval or admiration of. Some people praise their car, their spouse, their children, and even their career.
We as Christians should only praise God because He’s the One who gave us these blessings. But can you praise God with what you have? Certainly! As long as these praises are glorifying God, then you are praising God.
So let’s get started on how you can praise God.
This post is about different ways to praise God.
When you praise, you are expressing your love to God. Remember that nothing and no one can ever take away God’s love for you (Romans 8:39). Isn’t that something to praise God for? That His love for you is infinite? Limitless?
I think that’s good news.
So how can you praise God, or better, thank Him for His ultimate love for you?
Praise God Through Your Lips
As mentioned, the best way to praise God is through your lips. But let it deeply comes honestly from the heart. When you are fully in awe of God and His wonders, how can you not say, “How are you, God!”
The book of psalms provides various songs that you can use daily to sing your praises to God. You can also ask the Holy Spirit to give a new song to sing, and He will naturally give you a new song to sing (Psalm 96:1-3).
You could sing praise to God based on his creation, based on Who He is, and on what He has done in your life out of His love.
Praise God Through Your Actions
Your actions can praise God. The bible says to love God with all your heart, strength, and soul, which is the first commandment. The second commandment is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. So, therefore, praising God is a form of love in action.
There are several ways to love our neighbors. Praying for them, clothing them, even being nice to them are forms of loving our neighbor! Our enemies are also our neighbors, no matter how much we feel about them. But our love should not be based on how we feel or think about them, but what would be the right thing to do when they are hurting or needing help.
Another way to praise God in action is through doing the right thing. If your peer invited you to go drink at the bar or dance at a club. Saying no would be the right thing to do because you are acknowledging and lifting up the name of God through avoiding things that may cause you to sin and grieve God.
We cannot surround ourselves with things we know can lead us to sin, especially if they are our weaknesses (We are not sinners, but we do sin). As Christians, we are free of sins through Jesus Christ, but that does not mean we should live like the world. The changing of hearts and renewing of the mind is essential so you can know how God desires you to live in this world (Romans 12:2).
Praise God In Your Obedience
If you remember the story of King Saul and how we disobeyed God and, therefore, God made David the new King of Israel? Saul was focused on sacrificial practices rather than doing right by God. David did right by God, but what he mostly did was simply seek God’s heart to do the right thing. He did not seek to please men but please God. Of course, David was not perfect, but He sought God daily to do the right thing.
So how are you obedient to God? Are you loving your neighbors justly and in love? Are you doing things that will glorify God or please yourself and the world?
Different Ways To Praise God, Like Your Life
Our life should be evidence of praising God. No, we are not perfect with living every day pleasing God. However, when we put to death behaviors and actions that displease God and offer our lives a sacrifice to God daily, we are saying, “God, I faithfully leave my life to you today so that you can use me to praise, honor, and glorify you.”
And when you really do this, He will use you to praise Him, no matter how big or little.
Through Your Blessings
Every good blessing, specifically gifts, comes from God. So whatever you have been given, whether your talents or skills, spiritual or nonspiritual, praise God through it.
If you have been given the singing, sing your praises unto God. If you are good at creating an online website or taking family photos, praise Him through it. Show the world how God sees family through your photos. Whatever you find yourself to do, praise Him through it, and let Him get all the acknowledgment.
In all, ask God how you should use your gifts and any good gifts He has given to you to glorify Him.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 NIV.
Praise God Through Your Thoughts
The mind is definitely a battlefield. What we think about and believe is seen through actions. When you think of good things, your efforts will also act upon that good thought. When you think bad thoughts, then those thoughts will put forth bad actions.
That is why the renewing of the mind is essential. The limitations of what you watch in television shows and movies are necessary to stop thinking immoral thoughts.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 NIV.
If you desire to praise God in your thoughts, think of things that are good and bless the name of God. From his nature to thinking good about a person instead of negative, praising God in your thoughts is essential.
The devil is also at work with your thoughts. There is a book by C.S. Lewis called The Screwtape Letters. It’s basically demons writing to each other in how they are attacking people in their thoughts. I cannot say that it is good, but it is filled with ways the enemy can attack your thoughts. Here is the link to the book if you want to read it if you need more information.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV.
Let Praise God with our being. He deserves all of it!
There you go! I hope this post encouraged you.
Until Next Time.