Praise

  1. What has God done for us? Think of Romans 8 alone. God has removed all condemnation from us through our union with Christ. He has made a new arrangement for us, the New Covenant, so that the righteousness of the Law will be fulfilled in our actual moral character by the Spirit’s power. Christ now lives in us, as the Holy Spirit imparts life to our personalities now and to our bodies at the resurrection. We are being led forward in this new life by the Spirit, who awakens in us a sense of God’s fatherly love for us. He has made us co-heirs with Christ of the new heavens and the new earth, where all our hopes will be fulfilled. And right now the Spirit helps us to press on even when we’re too weak to pray. God is working all things for our good along the way, according to his eternal plan, and nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. And that is just Romans 8.  - From location 1062 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  2. You can praise God that he is continuously maturing you toward spiritual adulthood. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 4 - pg. 54.
  3. Be grateful that God has forgiven your sin and given you eternal life. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 1:18-23 - pg. 95.
  4. Thank God that he took the initiative in your relationship with him. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 1:18-23 - pg. 95.
  5. God is glorified through our blessings.  God in his sovereignty may choose to do whatever he wills.  What he can do far exceeds anything we can dream or imagine, much less ask for.  God's sovereignty means our prayers can be answered far beyond even what we ask for. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3:20 - pg. 133.
  6. Give God glory in all you do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3:20 - pg. 134.
  7. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 5:18-20).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 3 Pg 339.
  8. The worst that can happen to us is the loss of delight in the glory of God alone. And the best that can happen to us is to be awakened to his glory as our joy, even if we must be humbled to experience that awakening.  - From location 846 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  9. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  - From the Maxwell Leadership Bible I Thessalonians 5:16 by John Maxwell..
  10. Give thanks in all circumstances.  It recognizes God's eminence in all events and requires trust in the sovereignty of Christ.  A thankful spirit does not come naturally to most of us.  The command to be thankful, no matter what happens, is possible only by God's grace.  When we can agree with God that he works all things out for good to those who love him and are committed to obedience (Rom 8:28), then we can thank him.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5:16  pg. 74. 
  11. Praise versus Thanks - Luke 11:2 - Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Many people mistake thanking the Lord for praising Him.  Oftentimes we rattle off a list of things we are thankful for and move right on to our requests, believing we have spent time giving glory to God.  But there is a clear distinction between thankfulness and praise.  According to Merriam-Webster, to be “thankful” means to be “conscious of benefit received.”  In contrast, the definition of praise is “to glorify, especially by the attribution of perfections.” The primary difference is that when we give thanks, our focus is on what God has done for us, whereas during praise, the focus is solely on Him.The Bible lists a myriad of God’s attributes fro which we can glorify Him.  It tells us that He is Holy (Leviticus 19:2), just, perfect, and righteous (Deuteronomy 32:4), merciful (Psalm 116:5). mighty and infinite (Psalm 147:5), and sovereign (Psalm 116:5), to name just a few.  So let’s remember to take a few moments at the beginning of each prayer to tell the Lord how much we love Him just for being the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  When I give thanks, my thoughts still circle about myself to some extent.  But in praise my soul ascends to self-forgetting adoration, seeing and praising only the majesty and power of God, His grace and redemption. - Ole Hallesby. - From the September 25 devotional reading from Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah
  12. God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it. His glory is then received with the whole soul, both by the understanding and by the heart. God made the world that he might communicate, and the creature receive, His glory.  - From location 837 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr..
  13. “No duty is more pressed in both Testaments than this, of rejoicing in the Lord. It is no less a sin not to rejoice than not to repent.”6 In his great prayer, Jesus asked his Father on our behalf “that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13). Paul defined the essence of Christianity as “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Isaiah foresees “a day yet to be when a restored people will in hilarious celebration delight in their only asset — the Holy One.”7 The reason why Christian missions will write the last, happy chapter of history is the great presence of God with his people: “Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” He is not content to stand off at a distance. From the beginning, God wanted to dwell among his people (Exodus 25:8). He dwelt among us in Jesus (John 1:14). He comes to us through the Holy Spirit (John 14:21, 23). And in the messianic kingdom, his presence will be great among us, uniting the world in holy delight (Zechariah 2:10, 11).  - From location 2173 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners .We shouldn’t ignore or minimize God’s lavish, creative gifts, but we should enjoy them and express heartfelt gratitude to God for all of life’s joys. When we do this, instead of these things drawing us from God, they draw us to God. That’s precisely what all things and all beings in Heaven will do—draw us to God, never away from him. - From location 3124 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  14. Rejoice and give thanks. The Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” How is this possible? Notice that God tells us to give thanks “in all circumstances” not “for all circumstances.” God doesn’t expect you to be thankful for evil, for sin, for suffering, or for their painful consequences in the world. Instead, God wants you to thank him that he will use your problems to fulfill his purposes.

    The Bible says,
    “Rejoice in the Lord always.” It doesn’t say, “Rejoice over your pain.” That’s masochism. You rejoice “in the Lord.” No matter what’s happening, you can rejoice in God’s love, care, wisdom, power, and faithfulness. Jesus said, “Be full of joy at that time, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven.” - From the Day 25 "Transformed by Trouble" reading in the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
  15. We shouldn’t ignore or minimize God’s lavish, creative gifts, but we should enjoy them and express heartfelt gratitude to God for all of life’s joys. When we do this, instead of these things drawing us from God, they draw us to God. That’s precisely what all things and all beings in Heaven will do—draw us to God, never away from him. - From location 3124 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  16. God doesn’t want to be replaced or depreciated. He wants to be recognized as the source of all our joys, and he wants us to draw closer to him through partaking of his creation. My taking pleasure in a good meal or a good book is taking pleasure in God. It’s not a substitute for God, nor is it a distraction from him. In the words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, it’s what I was made for: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”  - From location 3131 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  17. 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.   Christians must always present a sacrifice of praise. This praise is to be constant.  We find no circumstances in which raise for God is inappropriate.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, B. A Right Response to God (vv.10-16), Supporting Idea, at location 5755.
  18. What do Christians do when it is difficult to praise God?  First, we should praise him anyway.  We must not wait until we feel like offering praise to God, but we must praise him as a daily experience.  We must praise God, not for our circumstances, but for his nature.  Whatever our circumstances, he is our help, guide, and rock.  Second, When praise is difficult, remember the past.  The memory of God's blessings years ago helps inspire praise today.  Recall rescue from trying experiences and god's abundant supply of grace to endure difficulty.  Third, plan for future praise.  Sometimes all of us feel low emotionally and spiritually, and it is difficult to focus on the goodness and greatness of God.  The Bible, however, provides a basis for us to hope, trust, and respond to God.  Even in difficulty, we can ask God to use our experiences for his glory.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, III. Conclusion, Concluding Words Carry Weight, at location 5878.