Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
I came across the richest, beautifullest definition of praise yesterday.
Praise is the joyful recognition that we are not the center of the universe, and the grateful acknowledgement that Someone Else is and always will be.
I never really thought of it quite like that before. But that does seem to capture the beautiful essence of praise.
It is good to praise God. Not only is to good for us, but I believe it blesses God as well. Somehow, God is honored by our praise. Maybe it has to do with God’s self-limitation combined with His high value on relationship with us humans. Maybe it’s kinda like when a child compliments you or draws you a picture. You love it, appreciate it, are honored and affirmed by it, but you don’t really need it….or do you?
Perhaps as you are praising God today, however that may look for you, this naming of what you are deeply doing will inspire you and affirm just how important it is to do what you are doing.