God is good and full of mercy. His mercy endures forever. We should then give thanks to God and praise Him too. To praise someone is to honor and extol him. Praise to God includes worship, thanks, and admiration. Praise brings God glory. Let us take a look at some reasons why it is good to praise the Lord.
I. It is pleasant and comely.
Psalm 147:1 says, “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.”
Praise can take different forms. This verse mentions praising God in song. Good music is comely, and praise creates a pleasant atmosphere. God likes it, and it makes us feel happy too.
Praise is comely. It is lovely. It looks good on the child of God. When people look at us, they should not see us as complaining and unhappy. Praising God helps us feel pleasant, and it helps change our countenance so we look pleasant as well. Praise helps us look good inside and out.
II. It is an attitude of the heart
Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
A Christian should always have a heart full of joy. Sometimes life seems so full of trials - sickness, financial burdens, death of loved ones, and other types of stress. Because these trials affect every part of our lives, it is easy to focus on them. However, when we focus on our situation, we tend to become more stressed and discouraged.
Rejoicing is a good thing, but how do we do it? We cannot simply decide one day, “I will rejoice because that is what God tells me to do.” No. We must think, Why do I not feel like rejoicing? Because my mind is focused on the cares of the day. The first thing I must do is give my cares to Jesus. I cannot fix my cares, but Jesus can, so I will give them to Him. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Now that our heart is empty of cares, we must fill it with things that will help us bring praise to God. If we do not fill our heart with praiseworthy things, the cares will come back and fill it up again. When God commands, “Rejoice in the Lord alway,” He also gives us many reasons to rejoice. Here are some of the good things God gave us to help fill our hearts with joy.
1. Our names are written in the book of life - Philippians 4:3
2. The Lord is at hand, He is nearby - verse 5
3. God hears our prayers - verse 6
4. When we make our supplications to God with thanksgiving, He promises to fill us with peace and keep our hearts and minds stayed on Jesus - verses 6,7
5. God is with us - verse 9
III. It results in an attitude of contentment
Paul learned Christ, and he learned to fill his mind with thoughts that were virtuous and praiseworthy (See Philippians 4:8) Therefore, he knew how to abound and be full or how to be hungry and suffer need. He was able to be content in any situation. He did not do this by himself, but depended on Jesus’ strength. Paul’s testimony was, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Let us pray that God will help us so that this can be our testimony too. We cannot fill our hearts with joy and praise on our own, but we can present our empty hearts to God. He will fill them full and overflowing.