Q&AHave you ever wonder what God does with the things we give him such as sin, praise, prayer, service, and money? I have been inspired with this thought and realized it would be a great topic to study. Here is the second post of several in this series which you will see on my blog. Each topic could very easily be expanded dramatically, but I try to keep it concise and stick to the question and answer. I hope this post will be an encouragement to you.

QUESTION: WHAT DOES GOD DO WITH OUR PRAISE?

I have often wondered why Almighty God desires adoration from helpless humans. What does He get out of it? Is it a selfish fulfillment of a need to be uplifted and exulted as a form of an ego booster? The answer to this question is quite the opposite.

Perhaps you ask, “When should I praise God?” or “Why should I praise God?” At the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ there was a fresh outburst of praise because the Messiah, the Savior, had come to his people. All that He did by His life, death, and resurrection calls for praise. In my opinion salvation alone sums up the question of why pretty well. Psalm 113:3 is a challenge and truth declaration, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.” In other words, there actually is no reason or time not to praise Him.

God somehow gets much pleasure from our praise, and this is deserved. We see in Revelation 4:11 that God deserves our praise with the declaration by the elders, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” I believe one thing God does with our praise is simple — He receives it with pleasure.

Another excellent thing God does with our praise is use it to bring others to Salvation. Psalm 40:3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” Is your praise causing men and women around you to fear and trust in the Lord?

Praise is not just thanking God, but rather a state of joyfulness in His goodness and righteousness. When we “give” God our praises, He richly rewards us with His presence. To communicate to God you need to be in His presence, and so living a lifestyle of praise guarantees this relationship. This relationship demands obedience which brings pleasure to God, and establishes joy and fulfillment in our own lives.

The conclusion is the furthest thing from selfishness! God wants to be praised because He wants what is best for us, and this goodness can only be found in His presence.

ANSWER: WHEN WE GIVE GOD PRAISE HE RECEIVES IT WITH DESERVING PLEASURE,  ALLOWS THOSE AROUND US TO FEAR AND TRUST IN HIM, AND USES IT TO GRANT US A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM IN ORDER TO LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE OF OBEDIENCE AND JOY.

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