Topic: Psalm 34:1
Something is happening in the church today. Something is sweeping through our congregations, stirring worshipers to glorify God in unexpected ways. Something many services around the world had all but eradicated is returning to church in force. That something, surprisingly, is praise.
For a long time, churches were so focused on evangelism and accurate Bible teaching that, somewhere along the way, the art of praise was given less room for expression. In fact, some people today never missed praise, because they had never truly been exposed to it. But the "new" worship that we see exploding around the world today is not really new at all. It is the sound of praise returning to the church.
God's people were made for praise. Embedded in our spirits, praise is something we cannot escape or ignore. The apostle Peter says, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9, emphasis added). How beautiful it is to know that we are God's own people, created, chosen, and called by Him so that we may "proclaim . . . [His] excellencies." In other words, our main responsibility is a life of praise to our heavenly Father.
Does your worship reflect genuine adoration and praise for God? Does your heart sing as you lift your hands to heaven, giving glory to the Lord? He is worthy of our praise. Give it to Him today.