Prayer and Devotion
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.
We all acknowledge that we don’t all praise the same God. As every religion has its own unique way of worshipping and thanking their gods. But for Christians, we believe in the bible’s passage, stating “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).
As Christians, our praise is mirrored upon our thoughts and actions. Not only through singing sacred songs, but also to one’s passion in exalting God and the willingness to express your love unto Him.
What does it mean?
In Hebrew, the words for worship and praise mean Halal, which also means hallelujah, “to rave, to celebrate, to boast, or to shine.”
The biblical definition of praise:
Why do we praise?
Praising God is both a significant and powerful act to express our gratitude. In the Holy Scripture, it 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). We praise because we love Him. Praise is rooted from our sincere love and from His everlasting love to us.
We also praise Him because God is simply worthy of our praise. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all Gods (Revelation 5:11-14). Since our souls are corrupted from the original sin, praising God is the best way to mend our broken relationship to the Divine Being. But remember, praise not for the sake of obedience and fear, but praise on your own will, because you adore and love the Lord your God.
How do we praise?
Commit with whole faith
And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness,
And your praise all day long (Psalm 35:28).
Praise the Almighty for who He is to you
Praise for His holiness, mercy, and justice (2 Chronicles 20:21).
Repent for your sins
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Praise through our everyday actions
I will tell of Your name to my brethren: In the midst of the assembly I will praise you (Psalm 22:22).
Join others and praise together
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most high (Psalm 92:1).
Beyond the Act of Praise
Nothing is more pleasing to the eyes of the Lord than to see his creations praising Him for all the blessings He has poured down. To praise is to humbly acknowledge the wonder and might of your Creator. Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice means to live the life of Jesus through imitation and service. As stated in the one of the most celebrated religious book, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis, “All that is in the world is vanity except to love God and serve him only.”