By Lisa Wilmore
Who or what do you praise more than God? Who do you promote, lift up or give reverence to more than the One who gave us life, eternally? I am hopeful that you praise the One and only true living God more than anything or anyone else in the world. As a matter of fact, nothing or no one should be given admiration more than our Savior, Jesus. Truly, He is worthy to be praised, honored, worshipped, applauded, extolled, celebrated, etc.!
My testimony on today is, “if it had not been for the Lord”, I would not have made it. I give Him the praise, glory, and honor for what He has done for me. Not only for what He has done but also for who He is. I am grateful that “He looks beyond my faults and sees my needs.” Bless the Lord for allowing me to see a brand new day-a day that I have never knew seen before. I praise him for being the source of my strength, my deliverer, my Jehovah Jireh (provider), my Alpha and Omega-the beginning and the end. I praise him for the blood of Jesus the Christ which cleansed me from all unrighteousness.
The simplicity of our praise and worship is to give honor and adoration to our Lord, our redeemer. According to Strong’s concordance the word praise is mentioned approximately 248 times in the Bible (KJV). In Psalm 150, the psalmist says, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness…let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (1-2;6).
Relinquishing our heartfelt praise is necessary to show our love for Him, our trust in Him, our acknowledgment of His power, our adoration of His majesty, our belief in His sovereignty, and His dominion over the world and our lives. Therefore, when we come in the presence of Him, we should be like David in Psalm 16:11, “In your presence is the fullness of Joy.” We must praise him for aiding us through trials and tribulations as well as acknowledge Him for the things He has done.
The Hebrew writer recorded, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Hebrew 13:15 KJV). As Christians, we must offer God a continuous sacrifice of praise from our lips.
Who or what do you praise more than God? Essential answer: No one!!