“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
2 Samuel 22:47 NIV
David’s heart overflowed with praise for the kindness God had shown him. But so often our prayer time is self-centered rather than God-centered. The Lord God Almighty is worthy of our praise. We can praise God for who He is and thank him for what He has done or has promised to do. Praise is worshiping, honoring, and exalting Him. When we pray, we are acknowledging our dependency upon Him.
Praise can be done in song, like this song of David and the many Psalms of David; or it can be done in prayer. Praising God can be done individually or corporately. It is a deep expression from our inner being where the created one focuses on the Creator.
- God rules over His creation as Lord. He is the sovereign king over His universe. What do the following passages say about God’s reign? -– Psalm 47:1-9; Psalm 103:19-22
- God not only rules His creation, but He does so with goodness. What do the following passages say about God’s goodness and His good works? -– Psalm 119:68; Nahum 1:7
Question to ponder: What can you be praising God for today?
Passages for further reflection: Nehemiah 9:5-6, Revelation 4:9-11