Are we able to count the advantages of praise? How refreshing to know that God inhabits the praises of His people. When we lift our holy hands in adoration to the most High, our spirits lift in the exercises as we extol the magnificence of our Lord. Gratitude swells within us as we revel in the joys of praise.

It’s a certainty that our praises are never vain in practice when we go before our Father in sincerity and in truth. He delights in our worship and rewards our love and holy movements upward to His blessed presence.

What do we do when we don’t know how to proceed? Among other things, we offer God sacrifices of praise. We release our sorrows and do as our Lord tells us — rest in Him because He calls us to cast all our cares upon Him for indeed He cares. We praise God when we know and we praise Him when we don’t know. In season and out of season, we bless His holy name. Always, the Lord is worthy of our reverence. Yes, our highest honor is reserved for the One who owns the air, God Almighty.

Praise comforts. Praise rejuvenates. Praise encourages. Praise assures. It reminds us of the amazing love and grace provided by the Master. Blessed assurances accompany praises. They carry us to places of remembrance with cherished memories of healing and deliverance. Praises enable us to stand against the wiles of the wicked as we remain equipped with the whole armor of God. Praise is one principal ingredient in our arsenal of warfare weapons that indeed are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Evidence abounds that praise works for good. Grateful hearts pour out appreciation with thanksgiving to our glorious Father of lights. His dynamic Spirit burns from within us with staying power galore. Is He not worthy to be praised? My soul cries out a resounding — glory Hallelujah!

We thank and praise Jesus, the True Vine, for His death, burial and resurrection. He shed His pure, red, precious blood for us on Calvary. Yes, Jesus became a ransom for many — for that — among many things; we bless His holy, generous name. He’s the Captain of our salvation; the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. The good Shepherd who washes away our sins. High and jubilant praises go up for the sacrifices of our resurrected Savior, the Lamb of God.

We praise our Father, the fountain of living waters — for Jesus, for His Holy Spirit, for His angels and for all of the resources that He so plentifully supplies. In everything, we give thanks. Praise we the Lord.

Psalm 150:2 – KJV
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Psalm 150:6 – KJV
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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