Deuteronomy 10:21 (NKJV)
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
Deuteronomy 10:21 (NIV)
He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
Last week we defined worship and asked, ourselves is our worship for real? Today we are going to focus on your praise, and explore the questions, is praise worship and do you have an "anyhow praise?" Let's explore the first question. The goal of praise is to create an atmosphere for the presence of God. Praise puts God in first place because we turn our sole attention from ourselves to God. Praise flows from our friendship and intimate relationship with God. Praise is a conscious choice because it is an act of your will. You make an intentional decision to commend, approve, and glorify God. Praise is an expression of gratitude. Praise is an expression of faith. A sacrifice of praise also known as an "anyhow praise" is the praise we give God from obedience despite how we feel. As our scripture indicates praise God who performed great and awesome wonders. Meaning, despite how you feel today, praise God for tomorrow and what He did yesterday!
Therefore, praise becomes a part of and is an aspect of our worship because as a reminder, worship involves more than just praise. Today, I would like you to take 30 seconds to give God some praise, thank Him for waking you up this morning, show him gratitude that your needs are met even if your desires are not. Thank him for his goodness and mercy towards you! Praise Him for his overflowing blessings. Even if you are mad at God, confused or disappointed in certain outcomes in your life, praise Him anyhow! I encourage you to give God that anyhow kind of praise because His word stands true and you will come out of your situation! Hallejuah! Hallejuha! Hallejuah, amen!