Our God and Father, Yahweh, is praiseworthy! Many of the prayers written in Scriptures illustrate how to offer praise as part of our prayers. King David in the sight of all Israel offered the following prayer to Yahweh.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 - David said, “Blessed are You, O Yahweh God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Yahweh, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Yahweh, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”
“Praise” is to speak well of someone. Yahweh’s perfection and awesomeness inspires endless words of praise. If all the words of all of us for all of our lives were praise, we would just have begun to give our God what He deserves. We are promised eternity in which to praise Yahweh. We are instructed to praise Yahweh while we still have breath! The psalmist said it well: "I will bless Yahweh at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1); “Bless Yahweh, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name" (Psalm 103:1); “We will bless Yahweh from this time forth and for evermore. Praise Yahweh!" (Psalm 115:18).
A vital part of living for God is constantly giving the praise due Him. Throughout the Bible, we see that those who walked with God constantly gave Him praise. We are also often encouraged to offer praise to and for Him. To praise is to speak well of God, which includes singing, praying, and mostly talking. There are so many things for which to praise Him.
Psalm 105:1-5 - O give thanks unto Yahweh; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people.
Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works.
Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek Yahweh.
Seek Yahweh, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvelous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.
Seven praiseworthy categories are: 1. Praise God for who He is, 2. Praise Yahweh for His creation, 3. Praise Him for His mighty deeds, 4. Praise God for His judgements, 5. Praise Him for His covenants, 6. Praise Yahweh for His Son, Jesus Christ, and 7. Praise Him for the Kingdom.
Praise God for Who He is - The many titles and attributes of Yahweh are written throughout the Scriptures providing good reason to speak well of our God. Read Genesis 1:1; 14:18-22; Genesis 17:1; Psalm 71:22; Isaiah 1:24; 44:6; Acts 17:24; Revelation 19:6; 21:22.
Praise Yahweh for His Creation - As we look at the sun, moon, stars, trees, grass, flowers, oceans, rivers, lakes, crops, animal kingdom, humanity, etc., how can we resist praising Him? Read Genesis 1-3, Job 38-41, Psalms 104 and 136. When we see a flower, we should speak of His imaginative, intellectual abilities. When drinking His water and eating His food, praise for His generosity should flow from our mouths.
Praise Him for His Mighty Deeds - As we read the Word of God or meditate thereon regarding His marvelous acts to the children of men, we can praise Him. All the historical records of His mighty deeds for Israel and the church give us much information to magnify our God. Consider Psalms 78, 105, and 107.
Praise Him for His Judgments - Almighty God is the Sovereign King over all. God inhabits eternity which is why He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the hearts of men. Wisdom has always been with God. Yahweh has a purpose for the ages that He will fulfill. Dwelling in eternity, knowing every man, having infinite wisdom, and having ages’ purpose are some of the qualifications that make our God the only righteous Judge. All His judgments have always been right, just, equitable, and loving according to His standards.
Much print is devoted to telling us of His past (and even future) judgments, and we are instructed to praise Him for His judgments. In order to do so, we must first understand them through careful and thorough observation and contemplation. We cannot praise (speak well of) God regarding something of which we know nothing. Contemplation of the judgments of God inspires awe, fear, humility, thankfulness, and hope. Understanding His judgments of old and those promised in the future gives us faith to live as our Lord Jesus commanded.
Praise Him for His Covenants - God cut a covenant with Abraham ensuring the faithful ones would inherit the regenerated earth in the end. God also cut a covenant with David that one of his seed would be the Messiah who would be King over the world. With Jesus, God cut another covenant that promised us eternal life with perfect bodies and minds. These covenants provide voluminous material for praising God.
Praise Him for His Son, Jesus Christ - All of the prophecies woven throughout the Bible that speak of the coming Messiah are reason to magnify God. The events surrounding the birth of Christ are all praiseworthy. Jesus' glorious teachings inspire glorification of our God that such truth should be made known to man. The perfect, sinless life he led which is recorded in the Gospels supplies a mountain of information to speak well of our God and our Lord. The signs, wonders, and miracles which he did gave proof that he was the Son of God and the Messiah and motivate well-deserved glorification.
His suffering, crucifixion, death, resurrection, ascension, and all that they accomplished to bring to pass our redemption make us want to shout for joy and praise His holy name.
His current status as our High Priest and Mediator builds our desire to extol. The promise of his return as King of kings and Lord of lords causes our hearts to be filled with praise.
Praise Him for the Kingdom of God - When Jesus Christ returns, he will rule the world on God’s behalf. Everything will radically change. The earth will begin to regenerate and eventually return to the paradise-like state that God originally created. In the end, God will finally dwell with His chosen ones and do so forever. Do we have anything for which to praise God?
Yahweh is PRAISEWORTHY!