A Debt of Praise

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, August 16, 2019


Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Psalm 103:1

I woke up early this morning with an overwhelming desire to praise the Lord. I thought about how the Lord brought me through another work week, and the many other blessings he bestowed upon my family and me, I just wanted to praise him. During my prayer walk, I sought to praise him. I wanted the angels in heaven to hear my praise.

As I walked and talked with my Lord, my soul began to serenade him with the words, “I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you.” Then my eyes began to praise him for all the things the Lord has allowed them to see. My feet joined the praise party and began to extol the Lord with every step I took. Within seconds, my hands started to praise with every swing of my arms.

My ears did not want to be left out. They began to bless God for every word of affirmation they received from the Holy Spirit. Then my mouth began to shout, “I will bless the Lord at all times, and his praise shall continually come from me” (Psalm 34:1). Well, it did not take long for my soul to start shouting the words of Mary in Luke 1:46, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

Notwithstanding our predicament, let everything that has breath, praise the Lord. Praise him from whom all blessings flow. Our praise should not be conditional or situational. It should be habitual. We should praise God for who he is, and for the things he has done.

Most of us praise athletes for their physical abilities. Some praise politicians for their oratory skills and their leadership. We praise doctors, or lawyers, or bankers, or teachers, for their expertise. Yet many of us are reluctant to praise the God who gave all these experts the ability to do the things they do.

God does not need our praise. He is worthy of it. Our praise cannot enhance his divinity or affirm his Sovereignty. He was God before we were created, and he will always be God. Which precisely why we should praise him. We should praise him because life and death are in his hands. It is God who causes the sun to radiate its solar energy, so we have heat and vitamin D in our bodies. God created the moon to serenade the earth as it provides a canopy that helps to shield and regulate our body so we can be prompted to rest.

Praising God is not exclusive to Sunday morning. We should praise the Lord every day and all day. The believer’s goal should be not to let the angels praise God more than they do. God did far more for us than he has done for the angels. He gave us the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus, which the angels could never enjoy. Therefore, we owe him a debt of praise.

Our debt of praise cannot be repaid because God is forever blessing his creation. We should not be stingy with our praise to God. Our praise should be extravagant and instantaneous. We must be intentional in praising God. Praising God should never be an afterthought or a reluctant offering.

Take a few minutes right now to praise God. Send forth shouts of adoration, and let every member of your body praise the Lord. Praise the Lord in your car, or in your office, or in the doctor’s office, or the courtroom, or in the grocery store, or at the gas station, or in the classroom. Let other people see you praise the Lord. And, if people ask you why you are praising God, tell them “because He is worthy to be praised.”

Prayer- Almighty God, you are an awesome God who is worthy to be praised. We bless your name and declare the glory of your salvation unto eternity.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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