People who love the Bible know that many of its scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, reference songs of praise. Praising God is a beautiful and enjoyable way to express love, adoration, and gratitude, along with appropriate emotion, to God the Father— and sometimes can even be a healthy way to express sorrow and sadness.
Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don’t know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school? What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and worthwhile.
Perhaps you may not have been in a situation to praise quite like the one the Israelites held after they reached the safe side of the Red Sea. The people had just seen God save them from certain death of the pursuing Egyptians (Exodus 15:1) after crying out for help. The Lord had parted the sea allowing the people to cross, but God caused the waters to cascade down on the Egyptians as they tried to cross. The Israelites praised God by singing the Song of Moses (here are some of the inspiring and moving words from this song, recorded in Exodus 15:1, 2, 18:
“I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!”
“The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become by salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him….”
“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
They poured out their hearts in worship to the God of their salvation. This is just one example of people singing songs of praise to God. Many others did as well including Deborah (Judges 5), Solomon (Song of Solomon 1), Asaph (1 Chronicles 25:6 and Nehemiah 12:46), Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25).
So in our day let us be full of the praises of our God. It marks our Lord who is now the glory. Take the three Psalms, 22; 40; 69; each of them portraying the Lord in His path of suffering, yet each indicating that He comes forth with a song of praise. In Psalm 22 we see Him as the sin offering, yet He says, “In the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.” In Psalm 40, He is the burnt offering, and we read, “He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.” In Psalm 69, the trespass offering, we find, “I will praise the name of God with a song.” You may have notice that rejoicing in the Lord is a powerful antidote to spiritual troubles. In Philippians 3, we find trouble threatening from without, and the word is, “Rejoice in the Lord.” In chapter 4, trouble is threatening from within, and again comes the same word, twice repeated, “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.” It is clear, therefore, that we are to rejoice in the Lord, and sing, whatever the circumstances may be.
Revelation 15:3-4: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
When we think of the power of God and of His wonderful works in His Word one can’t help but be in wonder of His Love and give Praise. Let’s join all creation in praising the greatness of our God! God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD,”