The Beauty and Spiritual Meaning of Praise
Does every Christian need to exalt God?
What does it mean to praise God?
In religious context, the true meaning of praise and worship is seen as a deep reverence to the Almighty Creator—to honor the Divine and to venerate the disciples.
Every religion has its own way of worshipping. Christians, for example, put the core of their spiritual praise from this passage:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).
In Hebrew, the word for praise means Halal, which also means hallelujah, “to rave, to celebrate, to boast, or to shine.”
Praise is a wonderful melody to God’s ear, a celebration of His goodness and mercy, and exaltation to God who is the King of all the earth (Psalm 47:7).
Praising God is both a significant and powerful act to express our gratitude. The Holy Scripture clearly proclaims that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Once you receive blessings, give them back to Him through sincere praise and worship. Exalt his name and your blessings will flow abundantly.
Remember, praise not for the sake of obedience or fear, but praise on your own will because you adore and love the Lord your God.
Praise for who He is to you
Praise for His holiness, mercy, and
2 Chronicles 20:21
Sing praises in one mind and heart
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the
Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name,
O most high.
Praise in spirit and truth
But an hour is coming, and now is, when
the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth; for such people
the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
The Lord is my strength and my shield.
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart exults, and with my
song I shall thank Him.
Offering yourself as a living sacrifice means living a Christian life through service. As stated in the one of the most celebrated spiritual books, The Imitation of Christ, “All that is in the world is vanity except to love God and serve him only.”
If you believe that we mustn’t only praise, but live like Christ, share the good news and praise the Lord!