Psalm 105:5 says, “Remember His wonders which He has done.”
Praise brings us in tune with God. Praise tears down the strong walls of “self” and opens the doors to greater fellowship with Him. When we take time to remember the many ways He has blessed us, we take our focus off of ourselves – our likes and dislikes, preferences and prejudices, needs and petitions. When our hearts are full of praise, our worries dissipate and we are better able to rely on His mercy and trust in His power. Praise lifts up our hopes and gives them substance when we remember the things God has done for us.
When I was a teenager, I remember learning an acronym to guide my prayer. It was A.C.T.S.
Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication.
When I start my prayers with praise, it puts me in a position of talking with God…not at God. When I confess, it reminds me of how undeserving I am of His blessings. When I follow my confession with Thanksgiving, I remind me that He died for me, and continues to intercede for me despite my unworthiness – and usually this begins a completely new cycle of praise.
Ironically, I often forget the supplication part. I’ve generally spent so much time just enjoying my time of praising Him and letting His love wash over me, that my needs seem to drift away. That’s okay. He knows what they are.
I encourage you to try it this week. Praise His Name first. Continue to turn away from self-centeredness and ego, and put the focus back on Him. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you feel. If you don’t know how to start, try reciting the Psalms. Here’s an awesome one to begin with:
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.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.