Loud Praise and Silent Praise To God

Clap your hands, all you people!  Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!

God of Zion, to you even silence is praise.

-Psalm 47:1 and 65:1a (CEB)

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Loud praise or silent praise: Praise is what people do towards God.  If you are not praising Him, you might have a problem.  Praising God is a life-style, the way of life for the believer.

The opening of Psalms 47 and 65 give us two ends of the praise spectrum:  Clapping and joyful shouts on the one end, and silence on the other.  These and everything between is praise from the heart focused on God.

Our thoughts and our words and our whole experience of life is punctuated with praise to God.  Praising God is a continuous thing.  We continuously praise, thank, worship, and give honor to God.

We live our lives in worship (Rom. 12:1).  We give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18).  And we address other believers in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19).

If we do not praise God, we might have a problem and might need to get our praise back on.  Living outside of praising God is living like an unbeliever, who does not know Father and is not experiencing the life of Christ.  Praise God, give him praise always.

Praise: high praise, low praise, loud praise, and silent praise; we praise God as worship.  Yes, praise God always.  

On the other hand, what if you are in great pain, and you don't feel like worshiping?  Praise is not happening for you, even in silence.  That is when we turn our pain into worship, in it's highest form, called lament; which will be in my next post.