Sunday, September 18, 2011

Why Should We Praise God?

by Pr. Timothy Lo

Many people in this world are longing for fulfillment and they are searching desperately for it in all the wrong places. For Christians, they will find complete fulfillment in their innermost beings when they come into proper relationship with God through praise. The purpose of God in sending His Son to die for us is because God wanted very much for human beings to be reconciled with Him. Christians are God’s children and therefore it is fitting for us to praise God, our Father. Let me give you 3 reasons why we should praise God.

God is Worthy of Our Praise.
We praise God simply because God is worthy of our praise. “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise” (Psalm 48:1). “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” God is our creator and we should praise our Maker.

Praise God for Saving Us.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”(1 Peter 2:9-10). As Christians, we praise God because God provided a way for us to be saved from eternal death by sending to us, His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the penalty of our sins.

We Were Created to Praise God.
The Shorter Catechism expresses this, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever”. Isaiah 43:21 tells us, “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise”. As Christians, we must come back and learn to do again what we were created to do in the first place- praise God in the beauty of His holiness. Praise should not be a difficult task, but it should flow naturally from our lives, for it was an inherent tendency placed there purposely by our Creator

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