Learn how to practice praising God in this devotional. Discover hindrances, tips so that it comes more easily, and Bible verses to practice praising God. From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
I asked my husband, Justin, to contribute a story to today’s post:
“When I was in Ghana several years ago, I developed a taste for Shito sauce, a rather nasty smelling, very spicy sauce popular in the local cuisine. First time it was presented to me, it looked like black tar and I smelled it – a very pungent old fish smell (it’s usually made with fish oil and crushed fish meat). Disgusting! But I wanted to be polite and try it. It tasted a little better than it’s aroma.
After many other times of politely eating it, I developed an appetite. In fact, I grew to love it; so much so that, when heading home most evenings, I would frequent a little beat up kiosk on the side of the road (I called it ‘my McDonald’s’ – there was no real McDonald’s in Ghana) that served rice, chicken boiled eggs all cooked in Shito sauce wrapped neatly in a banana leaf. I haven’t had it in years, but such was the appetite I developed that I am watering at the mouth – craving some now…”
His appetite changed from, “No way!” to “Yes, more!” Sometimes you develop a taste for something gradually. How much of an hunger do you have for God’s presence? The Bible says in many places to lift your voice in praise in the congregation. Practicing praising God begins with your appetite for Him!
Hindrances to Practice Praising God
In between songs or right after the worship leader says, “sing a new song to the Lord,” it can sometimes get awkwardly quiet. The devil likes to steal praises from the corporate worship service. Some of the tactics he uses to his advantage may be pride, lack of obedience, or an indifferent appetite for God’s presence.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of the godly. Psalm 149:1 ESV
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 ESV
- Write some of the scriptures from this post and pray them over yourself.
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 ESV
…“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Hebrews 2:12 ESV
Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, Psalm 66:8 ESV
How do you make practicing praising God aloud come easily?
- Write the list below in your journal and purpose to do it. Practicing praising God will come easily as a result.
- Humble yourself. (see James 4:6)
- Develop an appetite for His presence. (see James 4:8a)
- “Practice” praising God aloud regularly throughout the week at home. Sometimes you need to get used to the sound of hearing your own voice praising God so it will sound natural in front of others.
- Praise the LORD! …a song of praise is fitting. (Psalm 147:1 ESV).
How much of an appetite do you have for God’s presence? Do you ever practice praising God at home?