In this blog post, you will find 31 short devotions, one for every day of any month. Each one is based upon a scripture about praise and a truth about praise drawn from that scripture, with some thoughts about praise for each day.
We hope that this post will be a blessing to you in your times of private worship as well as in your daily life.
FOREWORD to the daily devotions: Thoughts about praise
Praise in General
Praise is an expression of something good. When we praise another person, we tell them something good that we have observed about them or something good that we have experienced as a result of our relationship to them. Sometimes people we’ve never personally met inspire us with stories of strength and courage; and we could choose to respond to that with praise, sharing our good thoughts in some way (telling others, writing a letter to the person, etc.) Sometimes, our praise takes the form of saying something good about someone to others, even though the person we are praising is not present to hear our words. I can praise my husband or children even when they are not around by sharing something good about them verbally or in writing.
Praise has an object. There is something or someone that we are praising.
Praise also has an audience. We either speak or write our praise directly to the person or group or family or organization we are praising, or we speak or write to others about them.
When we praise someone directly, that person is the object of our praise and also is the audience (if no one else is present) or a part of the audience (if others also hear our praise for them). Praise for others is at its best when the motivation for it comes out of the overflow of our love and/or respect, resulting from the impact a person has made upon our lives. Sometimes people have other motives, and praise can be meaningless or empty or even a part of a personal betrayal or an attempt to influence the actions of another person. However, even though, as with every other human behavior, there is the potential for harm when praise is done for the wrong reasons, praise is still generally a beneficial expression that can be very meaningful and can even change someone’s life.
When we praise God, He is both the object and the audience (or part of the audience) for our praises. He hears our praise, even though we don’t see Him visually. We are speaking or singing directly to God as well as about Him. Because of this fact, words of praise to God are some of the most important words that will ever come out of our mouths. Praise is not something to ever take lightly. When our praise for God is genuine, we are expressing the overflow of our hearts and sharing good things about our God. We are telling or writing or in some other way (music, dance, art) expressing a clear message about who God is and/or what He has done. Our praise can be part of a testimony of what God has done and is doing in our lives. Praise can be one brief statement, or it can be a more lengthy expression. We are sharing with others the news that God is good and at the same time telling Him that we know He is good. We do need to be careful about expressing praise only when something happens that we are happy about. God is good all the time. He is worthy of our praise.
All of us have to be intentional about praise. We have to choose to become people who make a commitment to express praise to God and to others about God. We have to choose to be both vulnerable and strong in expressing praise to God within the congregation. We lay aside any concerns about what other people are thinking or doing, and we simply focus on praising God with all of our hearts. Praise opens our hearts to God as we focus on Him alone. He inhabits (dwells within or manifests His presence within) the praise of His people. It’s so amazing that God chooses to meet us and transform us with His presence when we make the choice to praise Him!
Praise is also necessary for the heart of every Christian even when we are feeling down, disappointed, or crushed by grief. In the midst of our deepest valleys, we still recognize that God’s goodness and faithfulness are praiseworthy. Because our praise opens the courts of the Lord, He will meet us there. When we are willing to give to God the sacrifice of praise, knowing that He is good and merciful even in the midst of our trials or suffering, we give Him an opportunity to minister peace and comfort to our hurting hearts. No matter what is happening in our lives, our God is worthy of praise.
Have a beautiful month as you praise Him each day!
As part of this month of praise, I hope that you will commit to memorize 2 short Psalms.
* If you read through and speak out loud the 5 verses of Psalm 100 each day as part of your devotion time, you should have it memorized very well by day 17.
* On day 18, begin to do the same thing with the 6 (shorter) verses of Psalm 150.
You’ll be surprised how many of the verses you already know. You will always be glad that you memorized these 2 Psalms of praise, and they will be a blessing to you throughout your life.
Memorization helps: In order to make the memorization easier for you, we have included printable versions of Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 in this post.
* Just right click on the photo to choose the print option and then the size that will work best for you.
* Place your memory photo page in a place where you will see it and work on learning it each day, or place it with your Bible for your devotional time.
* Below, you will find the Psalm 100 printable.
* The one for Psalm 150 is located between the devotions for Day 17 and Day 18.
* You could also choose to simply stop at the photo verse each time to work on memorizing the verse (either before or after scrolling down to read the day’s praise devotional).
May God bless you as you praise Him and memorize His word.
THIRTY ONE DAYS OF PRAISE
Praise truth #1: Praise takes determination and commitment.
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” — Psalm 7:17
Notice that the Psalmist makes a statement of his intention and his commitment to thank and praise the Lord. He says “I will give thanks” and “I will sing praise.” He also shares the reason for his thanksgiving, the Lord’s righteousness. Our God loves goodness and justice, righteousness and truth. We can trust that He will ultimately make everything right. (Romans 8:28) Praise Him today for His righteousness, and determine that you will make every day be a day of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord.
Memory Challenge: Remember your memory challenge with the reading of Psalm 100 (just above this devotional).
Praise truth #2: Praise is job #1 for the Saints!
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name.” — Psalm 30:4
As those who have believed in Jesus and experienced salvation, His saints, it is our duty as well as our joy and privelege to sing praises to the Lord and give thanks to Him. Praise God today for His salvation and for giving you so many reasons to be thankful. Bless His name today. Speak aloud of the goodness of our God. Sing praises to His holy name.
Memory Challenge: Don’t forget to speak the verses of Psalm 100 aloud each day!
Praise truth #3: There is no doubt that God wants us to sing His praises and delights in the praises of His people.
“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a Psalm.” — Psalm 47:6 & 7
How many times are we told to sing praises to the Lord in these two verses? Five times! He is the King of all the earth! Sometimes we praise people more than we praise God. Would we be more excited to meet an earthly King than to be in the presence of the King of all the earth? Would we spend more time getting ready to appear before someone who is an earthly leader for a few years than we do in praising the King of all eternity? When we begin to truly understand who God is and the incredible truth that He loves us and knows us and wants us to know Him, how can we keep from singing His praise? Praise God today for His sovereignty over all of Creation. Praise him specifically for all that He is and all He has done.
Memory Challenge: How many verses of Psalm 100 can you say without looking?
Praise truth #4: Praise is far-reaching.
“We have thought of Thy steadfast love, O God, in the midst of Thy temple. As Thy name, O God, so Thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth.” — Psalm 48:9 & 10
When we spend some time thinking of the steadfast love of God, right in the middle of our lives of busy-ness and inconstancy, our natural response to His faithfulness and unchanging love is praise! Praise reaches to the ends of the earth. It reaches the heart of God. It reaches inside our own hearts and changes our perspective. As important and as supreme as the name of God is, praise reaches just as far! Praise accompanies God’s name. We will never run out of reasons to praise Him, and He will never tire of hearing our praises, dwelling within them, and using the praises of His people to speak to the hearts of men. Praise God today for His steadfast love, and spend some time remembering His faithfulness in your life.
Memory Challenge: Praise him with the Psaltery as you speak Psalm 100 aloud.
Praise truth #5: Praise is expressed verbally.
“O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.” — Psalm 51:15
The Psalmist prays to God and asks that his mouth be made a vessel of praise. He surrenders himself and his lips to the Lord and asks that God will allow them to be open for the purpose of praise. What do I need to surrender in order that I may show forth His praise? Clearly, I need to be willing to praise God verbally and openly. I need to be committed to bringing God glory through my life. I need to be passionate about sharing His praise verbally and through singing, and I need to be asking God to help me praise Him all the more. Pray the prayer of abundant praise today, asking God to take control of your heart and mind and lips and cause you to praise Him all day long.
Memory Challenge: Psalm 100 time!
Praise truth #6: Praise can be joyful and glorious.
“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise!” — Psalm 66:1
What constitutes a joyful noise to God? Singing of His glory! When we sing of the majesty and splendor and glory of God and praise Him with our whole heart, we are bringing Joy to the very heart of God. Knowing that we can give something in return to the One who has given us everything we have ever had and ever will have is a joy for us as well.
Songs of His glory and His infinite worth.
This is the way we should spend all our days,
Making joyful noise in glorious praise.
– Cynthia A. Boyd
Memory Challenge: The words of Psalm 100 make a joyful noise, too! Speak them as to the Lord.
Praise truth #7: Praising God is for all nations and all peoples.
“Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; let all the peoples praise Thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for Thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon the earth. Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; let all the peoples praise Thee!” — Psalm 67:3 – 5
Although God has chosen the people of Israel to be the ones that would proclaim His salvation through their history and through the coming of Jesus, He is at work within all peoples and nations. He deals fairly and judges equitably. He guides the nations in ways that we can’t fully understand. This verse is a call to praise for people from all nations, tribes, and tongues. We have reason to be glad and to sing for joy. Our God is the righteous judge who loves the world and sent His Son to serve the sentence of death for all of mankind. (John 3:16-17) Praise God today for His work among the nations and for the fact that there are people in every country in the world who know Him, as well as those who will come to know Him.
Memory Challenge: Can you say all 5 verses of Psalm 100 from memory yet? Speak them out loud. Saying them at the same time you are hearing yourself say them helps you to memorize them.
Praise truth #8: It is important that we set aside the concerns of the day when we choose to joyfully praise the Lord.
“Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; His name is the Lord, exult before Him.” — Psalm 68:3 & 4
Remember who God is. He is the Lord who rides upon the clouds. We have read that we must enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. If we desire to commune with God, we must begin with thanksgiving and praise. We must set aside the burdens and worries of the day as we give thanks and joyfully sing praise to Him. Yes, He cares about every part of your life and about your heart and every concern that you have. Since the Bible makes it clear that He cares for us and about us, we can lay our burdens down. Think of your time with God as though you are visiting a friend (What a friend!). You would not rush into your friend’s home and immediately begin listing all of your troubles and your requests for help. Instead, you would greet your friend joyfully and let them know you are glad to be in their presence. Later in your conversation, there will be time for deeper sharing. When you choose to express thanksgiving and joyful praise first, you demonstrate that you trust the heart of God and know that He is already aware of everything in your life. You are deliberately coming into God’s presence as someone who loves and cares for Him and is mindful of His infinite love and care for you.
[Be sure to notice all of the “joy words” in these 2 verses for day 8: joyful, exult (definition: show or feel elation or jubilation), be jubilant with joy, exult (again). Place a joy reminder in a place where you will see it each day.]
NOTE: Sometimes an immediate crisis in our lives allows for only a one word plea for “Help!” or a short phrase or sentence spoken as a prayer, God hears all of our prayers and knows the cries of our hearts. He knows each situation. He desires that His children seek Him with all of our needs, and He places His love for us above any formula for prayer. Just as a small child would do when afraid, sometimes all we need to do is run to the Lord (in prayer) and call out His name (just as the frightened child would call out, “Daddy!”). The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers, giving voice to the deepest “groanings” of our soul that are so profound we cannot even put them into words. (Romans 8:26) We also read that Jesus is right beside the throne of God, interceding (making requests on our behalf, praying for us). (Hebrews 7:25) So, when we are too exhausted with grief or pain to seek God with clarity, He knows, He helps, and He prays for us.
However, any time that it is possible for you to seek God in prayer and come to Him first with thanksgiving and praise, do so. When you thank Him (knowing that He is good and that He cares for you) and praise Him (knowing that He is the Source and Sustainer of everything good and the Redeemer of your soul), your heart becomes open to His presence and aware of our loving Father God who is always there. God can then manifest His love for you, His comfort, and His presence (His very “being there” for and with you) in heart to heart communication that is pure peace.
Memory Challenge: Share Psalm 100 with your family today.
Praise truth #9: The heart attitude is most important in praising God.
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” — Psalm 69:30
Singing a song of praise doen’t necessarily mean that you are praising God as you sing. The attitude of your heart determines whether the words you are singing match your audible expression of a praise song. If the intention and commitment of your heart is to give God praise and thank Him wholeheartedly, then you are truly praising God when you sing. Here, the Psalmist states his intention to praise the Lord and magnify His name through thanksgiving. To magnify means to make something appear bigger. God’s name is already supreme, so how does our thanksgiving make His name appear larger? In our own hearts, thanksgiving reveals God’s true nature and His goodness. His name is always big, but we are more aware of who He is when we are thanking and praising Him. Our sincere praise and thanksgiving can also impact the hearts of others and allow them to have a bigger picture of who God is as well. So, intentionally express your praise to God with words and with song, and cause His name to be revealed as BIG with your thanksgiving.
Memory Challenge: Repeat the words of Psalm 100 as you do something good today. Whether you are are exercising or wrapping a gift for a friend, do a pleasant task with praise.
Praise truth # 10: Praise is our heartfelt and intentional response to the revelation of who God is.
“I will praise Thee with the psaltery, even Thy truth, O my God. Unto Thee will I sing with the harp, O Thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which Thou has redeemed.” — Psalm 71:22 & 23
The Psalmist reveals his thoughts about who God is as he declares his intention to praise God in response. He mentions God’s truth, God’s commitment to personal relationship with us (“O, my God”), God’s holiness, God’s commitment to the nation of Israel (as keeper of promises and covenant, redeemer, refuge, sustainer); and, most importantly, he mentions God’s salvation (“my soul, which thou has redeemed”). In response to the revelation of who God is in character and who God is to him personally, the Psalmist declares his intention to respond by using the Psalms (psaltery) to praise God verbally. He also states that he will sing praise with the harp and that he will do so while greatly rejoicing. The Psalmist realized that he had been greatly blessed and given grace, mercy, and salvation by a personal, holy, true God who is a keeper of promises and who has become his Redeemer. His response is declaring God’s praise with his whole heart.
Memory Challenge: Declare the praise of the Lord with Psalm 100! You are doing exactly what the Psalmist did.
Praise truth # 11: Praise comes with blessings!
“Blessed are those who dwell in Thy house, ever singing Thy praise! Selah.” — Psalm 84:4
Notice that the Psalmist speaks of dwelling in God’s house and singing God’s praise continually. For us today, I believe that this would refer to those who seek to stay in fellowship with God and who guard their thoughts and try to focus on thanksgiving and praise. Blessings are many for us when we choose to allow God to work in our lives as we surrender our fears along with our hopes and our failures along with our strengths. Singing God’s praise reveals the truth of His goodness and our need for Him. When we allow Him to become our sufficiency, we do not lack any good thing. We are living under the sheltering roof of God’s provision for our emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical needs. As we continue to praise Him, our eyes are opened to more and more of what He has done and is doing in our lives. The Amplified Bible translates the word ‘selah’ as “pause…and think of that”. So, abide in His presence, rest in His provision, praise His faithfulness, and see that the Lord is good. Now, pause and think of that.
Memory Challenge: Psalm 100!
Praise truth #12: When we praise God wholeheartedly, we bring glory to His name.
“I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify Thy name forevermore.” — Psalm 86:12
Once again, the Psalmist declares his intention to praise the Lord. He addresses God personally (O Lord my God) and commits himself to hold back nothing and praise God with his whole heart. The promise of forever is as real as the present moment to him as the Psalmist makes his own promise to God. He promises to glorify God’s name forevermore. His life has become a testament to God’s glory as he pours himself fully into an offering of praise. This well of praise will not run dry thoughout all eternity because the Psalmist knows that he could never out-give God. There will always be a reason to thank and praise God, because God will continue to give and bless and love as only He can. It will be so exciting that we will know the blessings and love of God fully, with complete understanding. We will no longer need to walk by faith and trust God even in what seems to be a time of darkness. Faith and trust will be replaced by complete knowledge when we know Him even as we are known. Glory to God forever!
Memory Challenge: Praise Him with Psalm 100.
Praise truth #13: When we praise God for His faithfulness and His wonders, we are joining the heavens in congregational praise.
“The heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O Lord; Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.” — Psalm 89:5
As we meet together for the purpose of worship, we enter into a praise party that is already happening. The heavens are already praising God. In ways that we can’t fully fathom, His wonders and His faithfulness are being praised in our midst by the hosts of Heaven and even by His creation. What a tragedy it is when we fail to join this chorus of praise. Like the Psalmist, we must choose to joyfully commit ourselves to praise, knowing that God is so good that the Heavenly realms are spilling their praise all over, even as we are meeting together. Praise the Lord, Saints!
Memory Challenge: Psalm 100!
Praise truth # 14: Praise is a good thing… all day long!
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High; To show forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night.” — Psalm 92:1 & 2
Oh, yes! We trust God to get us through the day with His strength and His lovingkindness as we thank and praise Him in the morning and throughout the day.
Then, we thank and praise Him every night because He was faithful to do just that (get us through the day)! Once again, His lovingkindness guided and comforted us all day long. What better equation could describe our day?
_ God’s lovingkindness______ —- the foundation for praise!
undergirded by His faithfulness
Memory Challenge: You ought to really know Psalm 100 by now! As you have continued to speak these words in praise to God, you are taking the time to commit them to your life-long memory. You’ve learned these 5 verses to the extent that they have become part of you. Praise the Lord!
Praise truth #15: Because God is great, He should be praised greatly.
“O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised.” — Psalm 96:1 – 4a
God is great. He is greater than we can imagine. He is worthy of our songs. He is so great that His name should be blessed. He is so great that His glory should be declared to those who do not know Him. He is so great that those who have experienced His salvation should live in such a way that their lives “show forth” from day to day. (Some days may be easier than others, but the clear implication is a daily testimony of a transformed life!)
God…is…GREAT. And, in every way that we can, His people should declare His greatness: verbally, through songs, through our lives, and through praising Him for who He is and for all that He has done. Praise the Lord greatly today!
Memory Challenge: You are declaring His greatness by hiding His word in your heart. You have treasured it enough to learn it. Speak Psalm 100.
Praise truth # 16: Praise for the Lord is celebrated joyfully with music.
(Note: He also sings joyfully over us. See Zephaniah 3:17)
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with a harp, with a harp and the voice of a psalm.” — Psalm 98:4 & 5
How important is it that we should use music in praising the Lord? Notice that these 2 verses mention musical praise in several different ways: a joyful noise, a loud noise, rejoicing, singing praise, singing with a harp, and singing with the voice of a Psalm. God made us, and He knows that there is something about music that speaks to our hearts like nothing else. He also knows that music can express deep emotion and help us to remember and to celebrate. Music can unite our hearts in an expression of team loyalty or holiday wishes or patriotism. Music can have special meaning within relationships of friends or loved ones. The combination of poetry and melody can be very powerful as a means of expression. The highest use of this powerful expressive tool that we call music is to use it in praise to the Lord (genuine, heart-felt praise). The style of music you prefer does not matter to God. It’s your heart and the expression of your true praise that He values. So, make a joyful noise in praise to the Lord. It’s music to His ears.
Memory Challenge: Really look at Psalm 100. What do you see? Tomorrow, you may see more in these verses than ever before.
Praise truth # 17: Praise opens the “courts” of intimacy in our relationship with God.
“Make a joyful moise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God; it is He that has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.” — Psalm 100 (all verses, 1 – 5)
I love Psalm 100! These 5 short verses are a prescription for a life of thanksgiving and praise! Here we have the “why” of praise. Why do we praise God? Because He is good… Because His mercy is everlasting… Because His truth endures to all generations… Because we are His people… Because He is like a Shepherd to us… Because the pasture is His (we dwell within His creation)… Because He is God… Because He made us… Because anything we have as far as abilities and gifts came from Him (we didn’t make ourselves)… Because He allows us to come into His presence… Because He wants to be in relationship and fellowship with us, so He tells us that thanksgiving and praise are the outer and inner gateways to communion with Him… Because He wants us to be glad and to be joyful.
Did you see those 12 reasons for praise in the 5 verses of Psalm 100 before? I have read this Psalm hundreds of times in the 35 years since I became a Christian, but I don’t think I saw all of the reasons for praise until I started looking for them. Do you see them now? THAT’S WHY WE PRAISE HIM! He is great, He is Sovereign, He is personal, He is a loving and caring Shepherd, He claims us as His own, He wants us to know Him, He is a God of truth, He is merciful (FULL of mercy), He is a giver, He is generous (desiring our joy!), He has our best interests at heart, and He is powerful. He is God.
Knowing the 5 verses of Psalm 100 can be a lifelong reminder of the reasons to praise Him. There’s something else in these verses as well. We not only have the “why” of praise in Psalm 100. We also have the “how”. So, how are we to praise the Lord?
* with glad hearts as we serve Him,
* with singing,
* with the reverent recognition of who He is
* with thanksgiving,
* with blessing for His name
* with knowledge that praise is the password to His presence
* with the desire to go deeper in seeking and knowing Him
One other thing to consider about the prescription for praise found in Psalm 100 is the benefits of praise. Unlike prescriptions for medication, praise has no harmful side effects. The benefits of praise are spiritual, emotional, mental, and even physical. Here are 10 of the benefits of praise.
* Praise focuses our attention on the eternal and causes us to let go of our earthly concerns for a while.
* Praise reminds us why we love and trust our great God. It reminds us who He is.
* Praise helps us to remember that God’s salvation goes beyond meeting our greatest need (for Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior) to meeting our everyday needs through all of the ways that God shepherds and cares for us and helps us to grow in grace.
* When we praise the Lord specifically for all that He is and all that He has done, we are confronted with God’s sovereignty, Jesus’ glory as the only begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit’s comfort and guidance.
* Praise brings peace to our hearts because it reminds us that He is our peace.
* Praise makes us glad as we remember that He is the joy of every longing heart.
* Praise gives us eternal perspective and helps us hold on to faith in God, even when things don’t seem to make sense.
* Praise allows God to meet us where we are and minister to us at the point of our deepest need.
* Praise takes our eyes off of ourselves and focuses them on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
* Praise allows us to give something of eternal value to the Giver of all things. We can give something of eternal value only because God invested Himself in us when He chose to die for us. He can redeem us through the power of His great love and make us into eternal beings who will see His glory and become worthy of His presence through the shedding of His own blood. He gives value to our weakest effort. His strength is perfected in our human weakness. As we praise Him, we recognize and affirm His infinite worth and supreme glory as the God of all creation. He, in turn, lifts us up with the knowledge that He cares for us and values our lives, our souls, and even our human efforts to live in such a way that our lives bring Him glory.
With results like that, this prescription for praise should be administered daily!
Memory Challenge: If you have memorized Psalm 100, continue to say it out loud every day during your private time of worship and praise. Then, begin learning the 6 short verses of Psalm 150. Here is a memory verse photo for Psalm 150 to help you learn the passage. This can be printed or used as a reference when you are learning the verses before or after each day of praise devotion.
NOW, IT’S TIME TO BEGIN MEMORIZING PSALM 150. HERE IS YOUR MEMORY HELPER PHOTO.
* Day Eighteen *
Praise truth # 18: God was thinking of us long before our generation, longing for us to know His compassion and mercy for us so that we might be set free and be given new hearts of praise.
“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn* may praise the Lord:
That He looked down from His Holy height, from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, To hear the groans of the prisoners, To set free those who were doomed to die: That men may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, His praise; when peoples and kingdoms gather together to worship the Lord.“ — Psalm 102:18 – 22
* (or, “yet to be created” in some translations; in other words, these truths were recorded for us!)
It is important for every generation to take responsibility for sharing the truth of God’s love and mercy with future generations. Knowing what God has done and that he is a God who looks upon us with compassion and mercy allows future generations to choose to accept God’s mercy and His invitation to be free from the condemnation and the prison of sin. People need to know that God has the power and mercy and love and grace needed to transform our lives from the inside out. He will create within us hearts that long to praise and worship Him… because His goodness to us is so great and His life within us is a beautiful promise of the eternal life to come. People need to know.
Memory Challenge: Praise God today with the words of Psalm 150.
Praise truth # 19: It is impossible to reach the limit for praise. There is no limit.
“Praise ye the Lord; O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can show forth all His praise?” — Psalm 106:1 & 2
Who, indeed, can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? He is constantly acting on our behalf in ways that we don’t even know. There is no way for us to speak praises for all that God has done because He is constantly doing more. There is no end to His goodness and mercy, and there is no end to praise. Though our praises may be incomplete, they are sweet gifts to our Lord. So, praise ye the Lord! Keep giving him thanks and showing forth His praise. He’ll be showing us His love and mercy for all of eternity, and we will respond with praise. Why wait? Praise Him right now!
Memory Challenge: Today, read Psalm 150 aloud twice as you praise the Lord.
Praise truth # 20: We fail to praise God as often as we should and as publically as we should.
“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.” — Psalm 107:31 & 32
These verses are a lament and a plea for praise. Here’s a paraphrase: “Oh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His care (wonderful works!) in our lives!” How would our perspective change? How would the hearts of others be affected? How would God use our praises to draw others to Himself. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32) How much would our praises free the Lord to act in our lives and in the lives of others? Let’s find out, people! Let’s exalt (hold in high regard, elevate, raise, glorify, praise, honor) Him in the congregation! Let’s praise Him anytime that we assemble to worship, to fellowship, or to serve Him in any way.
Memory Challenge: Have some fun with praise! As you speak the words of Psalm 150, beat a rhythm on a makeshift cymbal. A pot lid and wooden spoon will do just fine. Hold the pot lid by it’s handle and have some sounding cymbals to accompany the words of the Psalm. If you have children, get them involved, too. Give them each a line to say and something to make noise with as they speak their line (to the rhythm of the words, though…not with such wild abandon that they can’t even hear the words). Everytime you do this, you add to your memory (and theirs).
Praise truth #21: Living an intentional life of praise takes a steadfast heart.
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples, I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth.” — Psalm 108:1 – 5
Notice that the word “steadfast is used three times in these 5 verses. The first two times, the Psalmist is referring to his own heart commitment to God. The second time, the Psalmist refers to the steadfast love of God himself. Notice also that even though the Psalmist has stated his clear intentions to live a life characterized by steadfastness and praise, the actions that follow his commitment are not always easy. He tells his soul to wake up! He wants to awaken his instruments of praise. Then, the Psalmist reminds himself why it is so important to continue singing praises among the peoples and among the nations: He is secure in the steadfast love of God. His own resolve may waver, but he knows that God’s love for him is unwavering. When he remembers God’s love and faithfulness, the Psalmist is ready to exalt and praise the Lord. He is ready to see God’s glory spread over all the earth. He wants other people to be secure in the love of God, too. Praise God today for his steadfast love and far reaching faithfulness, which are greater than all of the incredible expanse of space and time and heavenly realms of which we are now aware and greater still than that which we will only know in eternity.
Memory Challenge: Speak the words of Psalm 150 without looking, and see how much you have already learned. Read the part that you haven’t learned yet at least twice. Praise the Lord!
Praise truth # 22: Thanks and praise always seem to go hand in hand.
“With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise Him in the midst of the throng.” — Psalm 109:30
The Psalmists repeatedly talk about thankfulness and praise together. Usually, thankfulness is mentioned first. When we begin to count our blessings and say thank you to the Giver of them all, the next step is naturally going to be praise to God as the Source of all blessings. Because God is good and because, as Jesus said, God loves to give good gifts (Matthew 7:11), we have much to be thankful for and plenty of reasons to praise God (in the midst of the throng and anywhere else we may happen to be). Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise today, as you worship the Giver and Source of all blessings.
Memory Challenge: Praise God with the words of both Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 today.
Praise truth # 23: As we grow in our Christian life, we begin to discover that we no longer think of praise in terms of an obligation. It is pure privelege.
“Praise the Lord. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” — Psalm 111:1
The Psalmist knows that praising God is not just something that we do. Praise flows out of who we are becoming. Notice that the congregation is referred to as “the company of the upright”. Because God is at work in the hearts and lives of His people, transforming us from the inside out into a reflection of God’s own righteousness and making us more like Jesus, the Psalmist expresses his praise as an outflow of what is in his own heart. The Psalmist’s gratitude for God’s salvation and his knowledge that God is good and that He is at work for our good produces a whole-hearted response of praise. What does that mean for today? Because we have been deeply and infinitely loved by God, because He has provided a way of salvation, and because our hearts are becoming more and more aware of God’s mercy and His transforming power, we have the privelege of expressing our love and gratitude to Him through praise. Praise the Lord!
Memory Challenge: Praise God with the words of Psalm 100 and Psalm 150, and then praise Him for everything else that comes to mind.
Praise truth # 24: Genuine praise flows from a heart that knows and fears the Lord and takes delight in knowing and obeying God’s word.
“Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments!” — Psalm 112:1
Do you remember the hymn, “Trust and Obey”? Here are some lyrics (by James H. Sammis) from that great testimony of faith:
“When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way.
While we do His good will, He abides with us still;
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus…
but to trust and obey.”
We do not have to be perfect in order to genuinely praise the Lord, but we need to be in the process of becoming more like Christ through walking in fellowship with the Lord. Blessing comes from walking with Him, and then thanksgiving and praise naturally follow.
Memory Challenge: Praise the Lord with the words of Psalm 100. What gives us the confidence to trust Him and obey? “For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.”
Praise the Lord with the words of Psalm 150. What reflects His glory? His mighty deeds, His excellent greatness.
* Day Twenty Five *
“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever more! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory is above the heavens.” — Psalm 113:1 – 4
The servants of the Lord should live in an attitude of worship (intentionally giving glory to God in all of life) that creates a constant awareness of all that God has done and who He is. In these 4 verses, the Psalmist mentions several characteristics of God. His name is blessed, he is high above all nations, and His glory is above the heavens. God is held in supreme regard because He is supreme over all. Because of who He is (His character, His person) and because of who He is to us (Father, Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Shepherd,…), we praise Him at the beginning of each day and all the way through until the end.
Memory Challenge: Try to say the words of Psalm 150 without looking. If the Psalm is not yet memorized, take some time to work on that, visualizing the instruments and forms of praise that are mentioned (as an aid to memory). If you can already quote Psalm 150, praise God with the words of Psalm 100 as well.
Praise truth # 26: The best time to praise the Lord is: every moment that you can!
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being.” – Psalm 146:1 & 2
Again we see that the Psalmist speaks of praise in terms of the depth of his being (O my soul). His praise is whole-hearted and soul deep. The Psalmist intentionally expresses his praise to the Lord every day, and he is determined to continue to do so for the rest of his life. He commits himself to praise. He sings the praises of the Lord with the very breath that God has given. He has decided to live a life of praise as long as God allows him to live on the earth, and he makes no mention of circumstance. He does not say that he will praise the Lord only on the good days or when things go his way. He does not say that he will praise God while he is feeling good. He says that he will choose to praise God as long as he is alive. Sometimes, we don’t feel well; and sometimes life is tough. Still, we can choose, as the Psalmist did, to be alive in Christ and alive in praise….as long as we have being.
Memory Challenge: Look once again at both Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 in print. Notice all of the truths about God and his deeds that are praiseworthy. Praise Him for all of these things.
Praise truth # 27: A song of praise is pleasing to God.
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for He is gracious, and a song of praise is comely.” — Psalm 147:1
The Psalmist uses the word “comely” in describing a song of praise. The definitions that I found for this word were: pleasing, attractive, appropriate, and suitable. Certainly it is appropriate and suitable to praise our God. He is worthy of praise. But singing praise goes beyond appropriate. I believe that it is pleasing to God. The phrase “sing praise” is found 129 times in the Bible, and “sing praises” is found 104 times. I will say it again. I believe that it is pleasing to God when we sing praises to Him. Singing praises would be good (pleasing), as this scripture says, for that reason alone. However, there are other benefits as well. Singing praises to God can encourage and strengthen us. Singing praises to God causes us to focus on Him rather than on problems. Singing praises to God brings us into His presence. Singing praises unites the hearts of a congregation in one common focus (the Lord) and intention (bringing Him glory). So, why should we sing praises to our God? Because He is gracious, as the verse says; because it is pleasing to God, and because singing praises strengthens, encourages, and unites us as a congregation. with Christ in our midst as we gather in His name. It is good to sing praises to our God!
Note: “The adjective “gracious” is applied in the Old Testament to Yahweh, as indicative of His favor and mercy, His long-suffering and ageneral inclination of favor, compassion, and kindness.” (Bible dictionary definition by Walter G. Clippinger at this link: http://classic.net.bible.org/dictionary.php?word=Gracious )
Memory Challenge: Try something new with the verses of Psalm 100 and Psalm 150. Reading from the text, alternate saying one verse of each Psalm in the manner shown below. You may want to have a family member or friend read the verses of one Psalm while you read the other, alternating like this:
(Psalm 150, verse one) – “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him in His mighty firmament!”
(Psalm 100, verse one) – “Make a joyful moise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
(Psalm 150, verse two) – “Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”
(Psalm 100, verse two) – “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.”
(Psalm 150 verse three) – “Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!”
(Psalm 100, verse three) – “Know that the Lord is God; it is He that has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
(Psalm 150, verse four) – “Praise Him with timbrel and dance; Praise Him with strings and pipe!”
(Psalm 100, verse four) – “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”
(Psalm 150, verse five) – “Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!”
(Psalm 100, verse five) – “For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.”
(Psalm 150, verse six) – “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Note: Now that you have read the Psalms in the intermingled form, recite them both separately so that they don’t get mixed up in your memory.
Praise truth # 28: A new song of praise can give us a fresh revelation of who God is and how much He loves us.
“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the faithful!” — Psalm 149:1
As the wife of a songwriter and someone who has occasionally been given a melody and some words of praise, I am very aware of one way that writng a Christian song of praise differs from writing any other kind of song. It is very apparent to me that the writing of a song of praise to God flows out of our relationship to God and what we are learning in fellowship with him, In other words, a song often comes when there has been a new revelation of truth or a new perspective that we have seen concerning a truth that we already knew. As long as God is active within the hearts and lives of His people, new songs of praise will continue to be written. Any time that you hear a new song, remember that it is a result of God seeking fellowship with man and His desire to reveal Himself to us. Now that is another reason to praise Him! Sing a new song in the assembly of the faithful, and declare His praise with the breath of a fresh revelation of His love for you!
Memory Challenge: If you haven’t yet shared Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 with a friend or family member, do that through recitation, e-mail, or a note to encourage someone with God’s faithfulness (Especially with the message of Psalm 100).
Praise truth # 29: “Praise the Lord!” is not a suggestion. It is a command.
The message of Psalm 150: Praise the Lord!
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament; praise Him for His mighty deeds! Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” — Psalm 150:1 – 6 (all verses)
Ten times in the six verses that make up Psalm 150, we are told to “praise God”, “praise Him”, or “praise the Lord”.
The “why” of praise that is mentioned here (for His mighty deeds) is certainly reason enough to praise God with all that we are.
We are told how to praise Him: “according to His excellent greatness” and with all of the instruments and the implied exuberance that are mentioned in the Psalm.
We are told where to praise Him: “in His sanctuary” and “in His mighty firmament”.
The two locations that are mentioned for praise to God are interesing because I believe that these locations represent the dwelling place of God. When it comes to our own praise, the physical location for our praise could certainly be inside a house or center of worship (church), which would correspond to one interpretation of the word “sanctuary”. The playing of all of the instruments mentioned here may also indicate that the Psalmist is talking about praising God in a corporate worship time, which we certainly need to do as well. However, since God is everywhere and is, at the same time, on His throne, the location of His presence is a rather mysterious concept. Most importantly, our praises should be genuine and thereby reach the heart of God no matter where we are.
Whether you are in a workplace, your home, in a public gathering place, or in a place of worship, your genuine praise glorifies the Lord. His presence is with you in that place, and His presence also fills the mighty firmament. God can remain on His throne while also fulfilling His promise to be in our midst any time that we gather in His name. The heart of our praise is always most important and matters much more than our physical location or our understanding of where God is. Like a parent who is pleased when His child expresses appreciation for parental love and care, God is pleased when we praise Him more for what our genuine praise says about who we are becoming than for any other reason. When our understanding of God’s loving heart allows us to genuinely praise Him, we become more like Christ, whose most important task was to bring glory to God through fulfilling the divine purpose for His earthly life.
4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” – John 17:4-5
The Psalmist also speaks of playing instruments and even dancing for joy as well. If there are instruments that you can play in genuine praise, do so. My husband often plays guitar and sings praise songs in our home. Others may want to sit at the piano and play a hymn or sing along with Christian radio in their car or with a CD at home. Whether an individual is praising the Lord in any location or whether we are meeting together for the purpose of corporate worship and praise, we obviously are supposed to praise God with enthusiasm. We should not be more excited about a win by our favorite team than we are by thinking about God’s power and mercy and grace and patience (long-suffering) and His infinite love, so freely given. So, praise Him with joy and abandon (even dancing with joy!… you know, your happy dance!). Praise him with your whole heart and being. Make some noise! Praise Him because He is great and because He does great things. Praise Him in congregational worship and family worship and private worship. As long as you are breathing, praise the Lord!
Memory Challenge: How are you doing on memorizing Psalm 150? Are you still saying both Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 every day? Put in a little extra time, and make sure that you have both Psalms (all 11 verses) memorized by the end of the month. You can do it! When you have them memorized, begin working on Psalm 100 in your family worship times so that your children can learn it, too!
Praise truth # 30: Praise is happening all around the world at all times!
“They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west. Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord: in the coastlands of the sea, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One.” — Isaiah 24:14 – 16a\
Do you hear it? The praises of the saints are being sung and shouted and expressed by people all over the world who love the Lord and have experienced His salvation. They are lifting up their voices, singing for joy, and shouting over God’s majesty, Our awareness of this worldwide symphony of praise in countless languages comes with a condition. “Therefore”… our response should be…to “give glory to the Lord, to the name of the Lord”. Join in the song of Heaven’s choirs. Join with the voices of people all over the world, from the ends of the earth. Sing songs of praise and of glory to the Righteous One. Praise Him for His majesty today. Praise Him for the people He has redeemed. Praise Him for his goodness. Praise the Righteous One. Praise the Lord!
Memory Challenge: Recite Psalm 100 and Psalm 150 as you praise the Lord today. Think about what your praise Psalm would say if you were to write a personal prescription for praise for yourself or for your family.
My family’s praise Psalm might go something like this:
“Praise the Lord! Praise Him wherever you are.
Praise God when you get up in the morning to get ready for the day.
Praise Him when you go to school or when you run to play.
Praise God when you are with your brothers and when you are alone.
Praise God at church; Praise God at home.
Think of God and praise him all day long.
Praise Him with a thank you song.
Praise God when it is time for slumber;
Count your blessings…what a number!
Praise the Lord! Praise Him everywhere you go,
Praise Him for all of the love that you know.
For our God is so good.
His promises are true.
His love lasts forever. His mercies are new.
Praise Him with your family.
Praise Him with your friends.
His love lasts forever. His grace never ends.
Praise the Lord!”
(Your Praise Psalm doesn’t have to be poetic. Mine just came out that way. Just make sure that it reflects your personal opportunities to Praise the Lord, some reasons to praise Him, and your intention to do just that.)
Praise truth # 31: When we praise the Lord for what He has done, we are also praising Him for His promises and plans that are yet to be fulfilled on earth, knowing that they are already settled in Heaven.
“O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name; for You have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and true.” — Isaiah 2
It is such an incredible privelege to know the God of all creation. He is our God. He has given Himself to us in the person of Jesus and in His Word and His promises, which will all be fulfilled. He has given Himself for us as Christ emptied Himself of His majesty to come to earth as a baby and live a sinless life, finally laying down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all. He continues to give all that He is through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in our hearts and through the fulfillment of every promise of and plan of old, faithful and true. Unchanging in His love for us, He has continued to do wonderful things in the world and in our hearts and lives. The scope of His care for us and for all of creation will be fully revealed when we see all of those plans and promises fulfilled. In Christ, all of the promises of God are already “yes”and “amen” (2nd Corinthians 1:20). The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of fulfillment for every promise of God. Only when we see all of God’s promises fulsilled will we fully know all of the “wonderful things” for which we praise God even now. We praise Him for the past, for the present moment, and for the certain promise of an eternal life that is beyond human imagination. He holds all of time in His hands, just as He holds you and me. Exalt Him, and praise His name!
“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yesin Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.” – 2nd Corinthians 1:20, Amplified Bible
Memory Challenge: Praise the Lord with the words of Psalm 100 and Psalm 150. Praise the Lord!
Note from the author of the 31 devotions: Bless you for your commitment to praise! I hope you have a clearer picture of how much you are loved and of how much our love and praise, returned to God, means to Him. Continue in praise from day to day. The Lord will bless your commitment to Him and meet you there.
PRAISE AND AMEN… let it be so!
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting; and let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord!” — Psalm 106:48
Thank you for your faithfulness in choosing to worship the Lord and seek Him through these 31 days of praise. Let praise continue!
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” – Hebrews 13:15
The devotions for “31 Days of Praise” were written by Cynthia A. Boyd
Note: You can use these praise scriptures and devotions as part of your personal worship at any time. The devotions were completed in time for use in October of 2013, but they can be used in any month. Just double up a couple of devotions in the shorter months. Make every month a month of praise!
You can also use any of our other resources for praise, thanksgiving, and worship. God bless you! Praise the Lord!
* Our “30 Thankful Verses” post has 30 days of brief devotions based upon 30 scriptures about giving thanks.
* Our “Lift Your Voice” page has an extensive collection of worship scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments, in chronological order.
* Our “Old Testament Worship Scriptures” post contains the same worship scriptures for the Old Testament found in “Lift Your Voice”. (We added them as a post also so that we could tag the post and make it easier for people to locate these resources.
* Our “New Testament Worship Scriptures” post contains the same worship scriptures for the New Testament found in “Lift Your Voice”.
One benefit to having the New Testament scriptures posted by themselves is that there is no need to scroll through all of the Old Testament worship scriptures to get to them. In addition, we posted these scriptures as separate pages so that we could tag them and make it easier for people to find these separate resources in their search results.
* Our “WORSHIP…with wonder!” category of posts
This post, including the devotions for each day of praise, was written by Cynthia A. Boyd
The daily devotions can be reprinted (one at a time) in your weekly worship e-mail to team members if the author’s name and blog URL are included. The entire post may not be published or reprinted without permission.
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