“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1-4
There’s a revelation of God witnessed in the beauty of his created order, all people notice it whether or not they acknowledge it or understand it. David in poetic song calls on creation itself to join him in praising God!
“Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;
Let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.” Psalm 98:7-8
David, understanding the blessing and power of praise, sang God’s praises seven times a day! He writes, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:64-65
There are spiritual, mental, emotional and physical blessings that come to us from a lifestyle of praising God.
Catherine King in her excellent blog writes, “Praising God when you sing physically raises your endorphins and oxytocin in your body resulting in a much better feeling in your entire body!
TIME online has an article talking about singing and research showing this. Just do some google searching!
Physically we change when we sing but we can’t just sing any song to renew our mind. Sure singing fun songs that make us want to bust a move changes our mood but it is not necessarily renewing our mind.
When we verbally proclaim God’s glory, character and faithfulness, it does a work deep in our mind and deep in our soul. We get the best of both worlds. We sing to God in response to His love for us and all the while it benefits our mind and body!” (1)
Praise is a powerful tool in the believer’s toolbox. Praising God for who He is, what He’s done and still doing. Praising Him for all He’s made. Lastly, call on all creation to join you in exalting Him.
Count on it, the Spirit within you will inspire, direct, and motivate you to sing God’s praises continually. Praise is a fulfilling lifestyle with blessings that only inspire more praise! Do it daily, enjoy exalting God, and be Encouraged! -JSP
(1) Catherine King “How Praising God Benefits Our Mental Health” https://bit.ly/3kNISi5