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"Praise is the weapon God gives you to leverage the negative circumstances of your life” – David Evans

True praise is not a performance. It isn't a reward. It isn't offered from the surface of who we are.

True praise emerges from the depths of our hearts, where words flow from a mix of adoration and desperation, as we realize that we absolutely cannot do anything in our own strength, and we cannot save ourselves.

Let's read examples of praise throughout the books of the Bible:

(all NKJV unless noted for consistency)

(and, yes, I know that I didn't list examples from every book. My daughter will probably count them!

Each book has its own specific focus. But here are examples from most of them!)

"I praise the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road."

Genesis 24:48 ~ the thanks from Abraham's servant

"The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him!"

Exodus 15 - Moses and Miriam's praise

"In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord."

Leviticus 19:24 ~ Laws of the Lord through Moses

"He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes."

Deuteronomy 10:21 ~ Moses to the Israelites

"They were glad to hear the report and praised God."

Joshua 22:33 ~ When an altar was built and named "A Witness Between Us - that the Lord is God."

"“When leaders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, Bless the Lord!

Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

Judges 5:2-3 ~ Deoorah's song of praise

"The women said to Naomi: 'Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!'"

Ruth 4:14

"David said to Abigail, 'Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.'"

1 Samuel 25:32 ~ After keeping David from avenging himself.

"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!"

2 Samuel 22:47 ~ David's song of praise

"“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses."

1 Kings 8:56 ~ Solomon's prayer

"Now the king sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him.

The king went up to the house of the Lord with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem - the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord.

Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.

And all the people took a stand for the covenant."

2 Kings 23:1-3

"Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts."

1 Chronicles 16:8-9 ~ Ministering before the ark of the Lord

"The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: 'He is good; his love endures forever.'”

2 Chronicles 5:13 ~ Bringing of the ark into the temple

"With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: 'He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.' And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid."

Ezra 3:11 ~ The rebuilding of the temple

"Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, 'Amen! Amen!' Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground."

Nehemiah 8:6 ~ The people preparing for the reading of God's Word

But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage."

Esther 3:2 ~ Sometimes praise is choosing not to bow down

"Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised."

Job 1:21 ~ Job's praise after his servants, animals and children had been taken or killed.


Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."

"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise."

Proverbs 27:21

"Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard

rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.

Wisdom is better than weapons of war;

but one sinner destroys much good.”

Ecclesiastes 9:17-18 - The words you speak matter - words of praise as equally as words of condemnation.

"Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago."

Isaiah 25:1

"Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise."

Jeremiah 17:14 ~ A warning and word from the Lord to His people

"Then Nebuchadnezzar said, 'Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.'"

Daniel 3:28 ~ After the Lord saved the 3 men from the fire

"You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed."

Joel 2:26 ~ The Lord's promise to those who return to Him

"Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls - Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

Habakkuk 3:17-18

"Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy.

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall see disaster no more."

Zephaniah 3:14-15 - after speaking to the wickedness in Jerusalem, the Lord looks on His remnant and speaks of His faithfulness. He is asking them to sing, shout, be glad and rejoice even before seeing the promise of restoration because He is faithful to do what He said He would.

"Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise"

Matthew 21:16 - Jesus responding to the chief priests and scribes' indignation over the children crying out praise to Jesus in the temple.

"Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.'"

Mark 12:41-44 - Praising through sacrificial giving.

"Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'

And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, 'Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.'

But He answered and said to them, 'I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.'

Luke 19:37-40

"Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God."

John 12:42-43 - the praise of men verses the praise of God.

"At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed."

Acts 16:25-26 - You can (and should) praise from your chains. Because they can be and will be loosed.

"Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Romans 15:5-6

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31

"Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 - Praise God in your infirmities. Understand that God is God, regardless of our hardships or circumstances. Vengeance is His to those who have done wrong. Healing lies in Heaven for those not healed on earth. Praise be to God Who knows our troubles yet promises and delivers victory in spite of them.

"They only heard the report: 'The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.' And they praised God because of me."

Galatians 1:23-24 (NIV) - Your witness will speak for itself as you remain faithful. Your witness will bring glory and praise to God.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."

Ephesians 1:3-6 - Praise God for our redemption in Christ!

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things."

Philippians 4:8 - meditate on those things which are worthy of praise because your mind is the battlefield and what you choose to linger on will determine whether you gain ground or lose it.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Colossians 3:16-17 - All the things that you do can be full of praise.

"For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

"Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."

1 Timothy 1:17

"I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience"

2 Timothy 1:3a

"As for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine"

Titus 2:1 - Let all that comes out of your mouth be sound and right before the Lord.

"I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."

Philemon 1:4-6

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

Hebrews 13:15

"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

1 Peter 4:11

"For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'”

2 Peter 1:17

"We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."

1 John 4:14-15

"Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so."

James 3:10

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen."

Jude vs 24-25

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!' All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

'Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.'”

Revelation 7:9-12

God deserves our very best. Not just when we're on the mountain top and not just when we're in the valley. Not only when we are walking a smooth path or resting beside still waters.

God deserves our very best every single day that we have breath.

It isn't a matter of obligation but of privilege

and not as an accessory but as a necessity.

Battles are won with praise.

Wounds are healed with praise.

Chains are broken with praise.

Children come home with praise.

Lives are saved with praise.

Marriages are reconciled with praise.

Weariness is alleviated with praise.

Joy is restored with praise.

We meet the King with praise.

“Praise is declaration, a victory cry, proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you. Praise is a proclamation that the enemy’s intent to plunder you will not rock you. Praise declares that you will not be moved by the enemy’s attempt to snatch you away.” - Darlene Zschech


Lord, if I'm being completely honest, sometimes it is hard to praise. Whether I am weary from climbing a mountain, or I am intimidated by the marching enemy ahead of me, or I am lacking faith for the next step because I feel like I have been teetering on the same bottom step for longer than I can take - there are times that it is hard to praise. In those times when my flesh finds it hard to lift my voice, or even my eyes, remind me in Your mighty and unique ways that You are still the same God - never changing - ready and able and willing to be all that I need. Forgive me for those times that I get caught up in myself. Forgive me for times when my praise isn't as pure as it should be. Thank You for Your constant love and for saving me and calling me Your own. I hope to have less and less of those moments when I view my mountains as bigger than You are. I hope to have less and less of those selfish moments when I choose to focus on myself rather than on You and Your glory. I love You, Lord and I thank you and PRAISE YOU for loving me.


Prayerfully yours,

Sarah Jane

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