In order to move forward with our 31 Days of Praise series, I’m going to heed some advice from one of my all-time favorite movies, “The Sound of Music”.

When Maria is asked, “But how do we sing?” by one of the children, she very simply states,

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.


I firmly believe it’s important to establish both what praise IS and what it is NOT. Please understand up front that my goal is to encourage you in your daily walk. I believe that the Bible is the final authority and do my best to search and prove the Scriptures. My desire is not to debate, but to use this series as a means to challenge you to have a closer walk with the Lord in the coming year. If you study what the Bible has to say on the subject of praise and come to a different conclusion than what is offered here, then it’s still been profitable and we have both learned something. I welcome your questions and comments and covet your prayers on this topic.

What Praise is NOT:

  • Praise is not about how you feel — if it were about your feelings, it would be  emotionalism — and that’s more about putting on a show than worshiping in spirit and truth. Our earthly flesh wants to be a good steward so we can say, “Look what I did for God.” and feel good about ourselves.
  • Praise is not a discipline or “work” you can do — that is something akin to “will worship” — i.e., “I prayed for 2 hours today – I’m so spiritual and I love God so much.” That is more about self than about God when you get right down to it.
  • Praise is not something you just do at a location — or at an event, or even at church. It’s not just an external manifestation of ‘going through the motions’ – there’s no specific place you must go to offer your praise to God.

What Praise IS:

  • Praise is an intelligent, purposeful act that requires recognition. That simply means that we must do it with intention because our Heavenly Father deserves our praise — after all, he created us for the specific purpose of glorifying Him.
  • Praise is offered for who God is — His character and being. He is the great I AM, the Alpha and the Omega, the mighty Creator and He alone is worthy of our praise.
  • Praise comes from a sincere heart full of love for God — our affections are set on Jesus and the perfect works He has completed in us. We are to worship and praise in ‘spirit and in truth’ — Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no man can come to God the Father but by Jesus.

Is it always easy to praise God? How about when you lose your job? What about the loss of a loved one? Can you still find a way to praise Him when He allows pain and suffering to enter your life? Are you able to find it within yourself to offer a sacrifice of praise when it feels like God isn’t even listening to your prayers?

If you answered “No” to any of the questions above, then my earnest petition is that you’ll continue with me in this series. As a preacher’s wife, I’ve experienced first hand every single one of the scenarios above, and then some. Listen, I know that none of us have it easy in this fallen world, but we should all be willing and able to recognize God’s providential hand in our lives and offer our praise daily to Him just for saving us, if nothing else!

I love what Amy Bayliss said:

We want to declare that 2011 will be a year for Him and His purposes.

Visit other participants:

Amy Bayliss {Cajun Inspired} : 31 Days of Heart Matters
{A Martha Heart} : 31 Days of Prayer
Karin {Mommy Matters} : 31 Days of Intentional Parenting
Jenny {867-53oh9} : 31 Days of Social Media
Dawn {My Home Sweet Home} : 31 Days of Encouragement
Lisa Boyd : 31 Days of WordPress

*Links to all posts on this subject can be found here.

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