I’ve noticed a trend when we look up Scripture on a particular topic. I’m guilty of this myself, which is probably another reason why I’ve seen this take place, but have you ever noticed how we go to the Bible to look up particular topics? Maybe we want to look up how to get strength, how to be healed, where to find peace, how to parent kids, or what marriage is all about. We look through these various topics all the time, but how often do we go to Scripture with thanksgiving looking to praise God?
After all, if we aren’t praising God, there’s our first problem. If we are following Jesus and aren’t praising Him, then we have forgotten our first love. If we don’t follow Jesus and don’t praise God, then we are in essence saying we know better. Either way, if we approach the Word of God with thanksgiving and praise for everything Jesus has done for us, He will continue to provide the answers we are looking for.
You can praise God in the midst of whatever it is you are going through. We have Jesus who can sympathize with anything that happens to us. We have Jesus who has already paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. We have Jesus who rose from the grave defeating death and sin in victory and who will return for us! In light of Christ, how could we not praise God in everything?
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on praise:
Psalm 103:2-5 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Ephesians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Psalm 28:6 – Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Psalm 52:9 – I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.
Hebrews 13:15 – Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Psalm 30:11-12 – You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Exodus 15:2 – The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
1 Chronicles 29:13 – And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
Psalm 16:8-9 – I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.