King David spoke the following words in song to the Almighty, “I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from mine enemies” (2 Sam. 22:4). We often sing the same song in praise to our Creator.
It is important to realize that the more diligently we seek God, the more we will understand the importance of praising Him. To praise God is to acknowledge His greatness, not only by feeling a deep desire to honor His excellence, but also by expressing that desire. “Worship” is the word that most accurately describes this act of praise to God. Because He is God, God is to be worshiped. Both in our hearts and on our lips, there is to be a song of gladness for all that God is.
There are times, I am sure, that we don’t praise God as we should. Our problem is not simply a failure to praise Him – but a failure to appreciate His worthiness to be praised. If the word praiseworthy can rightly be applied to any being, surely that being is God. His intrinsic nature is such as to deserve the exaltation and adoration of His creatures.
In the majestic throne scene in chapters 4 and 5 of Revelation, the striking emphasis of the entire vision is on God’s worthiness to receive worship. This truth is sounded in the exultant praise of the twenty-four elders around God’s throne: “Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created” (Rev. 4:11). God is worthy!
As personal beings created in God’s own image (Gen. 1:27), we have a built-in need to praise our Maker. We don’t often recognize that need for what it is, but the almost tangible sense of rightness and goodness that is present in moments of real worship ought to tell us that the adoration of God fills a very deep need within us. Praising God is a joy to experience, as well as a duty to fulfill. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:24).
But how intensely we experience that joy depends on how deeply we have sought to know God’s worthiness, and also know our debt of gratitude to Him. But how do we come to know God’s worthiness? This can only come as we study the Scriptures loving provided for us. “Thy testimonies are wonderful; Therefore doth my soul keep them. The opening of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psa. 119:129-130).
There will never be a day so dark that the brightness of God’s glory does not deserve our praise.
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