O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
8 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
How often do you sing God’s praises? Would transcripts of your conversations extol the wonders of God’s character?
Raving about our favorite culinary delicacy, our admired singer, or even our ideal pastor comes naturally to us. We express awe and wonder at the exploits of our idolized athlete. Our conversations, tweets, and texts frequently praise the aesthetically pleasing. Yet too often we avoid praising the wondrous deeds of our beloved Savior.
Do we fail to praise God in our conversations because our hearts have no song to sing, no story to tell? Has God never performed wonders in our lives? Or is it that we are unpracticed in verbally praising? We might sing about Him. We might thank Him in the stillness of our hearts, but seldom do we engage in conversations that praise God’s attributes. Perhaps praising God’s loving actions just feels too awkwardly intimate to share.
It’s not that hard. Just say, “Let me tell you what God has done for me today!” Or, “Let me tell you what I love most about God.” Imagine the conversations that would ensue!
Praising God in conversations deepens our love for God, intensifies our gratitude, and strengthens our relationships.
Chaplain (currently disabled), Eugene, Oregon USA