PRAISE

One characteristic of the life of God’s people is that they constantly praise him. Praise is an expression of homage, adoration and thanksgiving to God either in prayer or in song, and may be accompanied by various expressions of joy (Exod 15:1-2,20-21; Ps 35:18; 63:5; 71:8; 150:1-6; Isa 12:2-6; Luke 2:13-14; Acts 2:47; 3:8; Col 3:16; Rev 5:9-14; see DANCING; MUSIC; SINGING). Believers offer praise to God because of who he is and what he has done. Their praise is part of their worship of God, and it will reach its fullest expression in the age to come (Ps 7:17; 66:1-4; 104:1; 138:1- 2; Luke 24:53; Rev 19:4-5). All living things, and especially God’s people, have a duty to praise God. They offer this praise both individually and collectively (Ezra 3:10-11; Ps 34:1-3; 35:18; 117:1-2; 135:1- 2; 150:6; Joel 2:26; Acts 16:25; Heb 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9). (For fuller discussion on the subject see WORSHIP.) God’s people should want their lives and actions to bring praise to God. They should not seek praise for themselves (Prov 27:2; Matt 6:2; John 12:43; 2 Cor 9:1; Eph 1:12; Phil 1:11; Col 1:3-4; 1 Thess 2:6). Yet it is true that, if they live uprightly and behave properly, others will naturally want to give them praise (Prov 31:28,31; Acts 16:2; 1 Cor 11:2,17; 1 Peter 2:14).

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