Praising God Is A Honor
“Let everything that lives sing praises to the LORD!”
Thomas Ken was born in 1637 in Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, England. He entered Winchester College in 1652 and died in Longleaf, Wiltshire, England in 1711.
In 1674, he wrote the words for “The Doxology”. The name of it is: “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” a/k/a “The Common Doxology”. The words were written as the final verse of two hymns which were intended for the morning and evening worship at Winchester College in England. There are various versions of the hymn, however the familiar words that I learned at a young age are: “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow...Praise Him, all creatures here below...Praise Him above, ye heavenly host...Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”.
Why is it so important to praise God? David's song of praise in 1 Chronicles 16, detailed the value of praising God. Verse 25a stated: “For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised”. It is crucial for God's people to continually praise Him for His kindness, because they belong to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
There are many variations of extolling hymns and songs to worship God. They bring a peacefulness to a person when they are eulogizing Him. As I walk in the coolness of the early morning “The Doxology” words often come to my mind, and for me, those words help to close out the worldly distractions to become focused on God's power, mercy, beauty, and love.
In the Book of Acts, Paul and Silas are an excellent example for God's people to reflect why the praising of God is very important, even during a time of great testing. A mob formed against Paul and Silas, and the “city officials ordered them stripped and beaten, with wooden rods”, and they were placed in stocks in a dingy cell. Around midnight Paul and Silas were “praying and singing hymns to God”, and the other prisoners could hear them. Because of the prayers and hymns the other prisoners may have been blessed with encouragement, and also assured of the presence of God.
As God's people, honor God as long as you live by singing praises to Him for the wonderful kindness and goodness that He has poured out upon the world and you. Perhaps you are feeling unhappy or gloomy, and possible the trials of the day are too huge to find an immediate solution, then begin praising and singing hymns to Him, and thanking Him because He is with you. Lift up your hands, and your down-hearted emotions and burdens to the Lord, while joyfully singing praises to Him.
“With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Lord God, we praise You and thank You for the many times You have removed our trials. Help us to remember to continually praise You in good times and also in bad. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington