Is Victoria Osteen right? Does our praise of really only benefit us? Do we worship God so that we can be happy?
As the Billy Cosby clip at the end states, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!” We do not praise God for ourselves; we sing to praise Him for His glory. God is holy. He is faithful, merciful, mighty. He deserves our praises. He WANTS our praises. Even during our trials, we should praise God.
David tells us in Psalm 100, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
We are to praise God to give Him thanks (emphasis mine):
- “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7 : 17
- “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song." Psalm 95 : 2
- "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 110 : 4
- “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.” Psalm 51 : 13-15
Throughout the Bible, praises are sung. We also are to proclaim the name of the Lord and praise the greatness of God.
Abraham’s servant gave praise to the Lord after being sent to find a wife for Isaac. “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”” Genesis 24 : 27
“Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150, NIV
I may not be able to sing on key (I opted for band in school), but who cares? It’s all for God. Psalm 150 instructs us to praise the Lord in his sanctuary and in the heavens, through music (singing and instruments) and dancing. He doesn’t care if we sing on or off key or if we can’t play the in tune with everyone else or stay on beat when dancing or playing the cymbals.
I can’t carry a tune to save my life, but I enjoy singing his praises. Even when I’m down or having a bad day, I crank up the music in my car and sing to God. When my heart is joyful I can see much more clearly. I don’t have negative thoughts and feelings clouding my judgement or decisions. God wants us to make a joyful noise, so whether I’m signing on or off key it doesn’t matter to Him. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6, NIV)