How to Praise God

Over the last few weeks I have been talking about the importance of praising God. Last week I challenged you to praise God anytime you have felt down. Did you try it? If so, let me know how it went!

I haven’t specifically told you how to praise God because I initially wanted you to find your own way of doing this, a way that would come from your heart. But in case you are struggling to praise God or if you want some ideas, I felt now was a good time to share my thoughts.

1 – Praise God through prayer. You can talk to God and tell Him how amazing He is. Let your heart run over with all of His wonderful characteristics. And thank Him for all He has done for you.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 17:6

2 – Praise God through journaling. Another option is to talk to God through pen and paper. Write down a list of His awesome attributes. You can also write down blessings in your life. Having a list in front of you will help you to see, all the more, how magnificent He is.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1

3 – Praise God through singing, music, or dancing. Singing doesn’t have to be something you only do in church. You can sing to God at any given time. And don’t worry about your ability to carry a tune. I am convinced that it still sounds beautiful to God, because it is coming from your heart. If you play an instrument or like to dance, you can do that as well. We see evidence of King David playing instruments and dancing in the Bible.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:1-2

4 – Share with others. Don’t be shy about how glorious God is. Allow God’s praises to be on your lips when you are in the company of other people.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

5 – Read the Psalms. I have mentioned the Psalms in my last several posts on praise. Reading some of the Psalms aloud to God in prayer is a great way to praise Him, especially if you are at a loss for words and need some inspiration.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. – Psalm 145:1-3

These are just a few ways in which I have praised the Lord. I hope that these tips have helped you. If you have any insight on different ways that you like to praise the Lord, please share.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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14 Comments on “How to Praise God

  1. All good points of how to praise God. As I was reading them I realised that I have used all the methods at one time or the other. Praising God through prayer or song is a strong consistent. Praising through reading psalms is something I especially use when I struggle through difficult times.
    Thanks for sharing Bridget, I have been enjoying the Faith series posts very much.

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    • Manu, thank you! I am glad to know you have been enjoying the posts. That means a lot. 😊 I agree that I have been consistent with prayer and song. I have also kept a gratitude journal for several years, and that too helps me to give Him thanks. Yes, the Psalms are so special and can help us find comfort in difficult times. I have really found a new love for them over these past several months. ❤️

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  2. Thank you for sharing!! So very important to be praising Him, especially as we navigate through such a messy time. Praise gives way to a positive mindset!🙏❤️

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  3. Yes! I love all of these! There’s another option. Ifone is poetically inclined, poetry is a great way to praise Him too. Many times I feel like my poetry is both prayer and praise. I find that my heart sometimes flows better through poetry, so I’ve been writing a lot of lately. Eventually it will make it onto my blog. I am getting backed up! Thanks for sharing Bridget, your posts are always encouraging and comforting and help to confirm that I am still on the right track, so I should just keep pressing on. God is gracious and kind to supply all we need in so many lovely ways. ❤

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    • That is such a great point! Thank you for mentioning that. I am not as talented with poetry as you are though. But maybe I need to work on that. Perhaps it’s like singing. Even if we can’t carry a tune, it is still beautiful to God. ❤️ I am so glad this post helped you to see you were on the right track! Yay! And yes you are so right. God is so amazing! He never fails us. What a loving Father we have! It makes my heart swell to think about! ✝️

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    • Tina, I discovered the flow of poems in my journaling to the Lord in my quiet time. Thank you for sharing the Holy Spirit moves in your prayer and praise time too💕🙏 Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opportunities to praise the Lord 🙌 I especially like the reading the Psalms aloud💕😊 I look forward to reading more of your posts❤️

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  5. Bridget, these are encouraging tips! Regarding the Psalms, I remember when my husband was deployed, I spent some time trying to memorize one in particular. That was 10 years ago, and it is still with me today. Sometimes, just praying them out loud is a helpful way to talk with God. I particularly like a verse that says “create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) It is so fitting when I am feeling like I need to repent of having a poor attitude, or if I am struggling in something and need to submit myself to God’s care. The Psalms are so powerful and applicable to all of life’s circumstances!

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    • Sarah, thank you for commenting! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. The Psalms are so comforting. They speak so well to all of our emotions. I agree – Psalm 51 is a beautiful Psalm and one that helps us to approach the Lord with a humble spirit ❤️


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