Does God need our praise?

Throughout the Old and New Testaments children of God are instructed to worship and praise Him: “Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequalled greatness” (Psalm 150); “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day” (1 Chronicles 16:23);

At first, as a “new” Christian, it secretly had me wondering – why are we so incessantly commanded to praise God? I was ashamed to ask or even think this question because of where it leads – a very unspiritual conclusion that normally would be drawn about a person who constantly demands praise – a self-important egotist.

 I think there are many Christians out there who also secretly wonder about this but are afraid to ask the question.

Since those days I have learnt multiple answers. The first obvious fact to remember is that God is an all-perfect, self-sufficient being who does not need anything from us to be complete, but for us to praise him is the only appropriate response to his greatness. The profound truth that encapsulates all the answers to the question is that – it’s not that GOD needs our praise, but it is WE who NEED to praise God.

He is Worthy & Deserving of our Praise

Once confronted by God’s amazing grace and the gospel of Jesus Christ – I felt passionately drawn to worship Him, because he is both worthy and deserving of my praise. In fact, when we truly realize the debt of gratitude due to God, we eagerly offer Him praise as a love offering. “The Lord is great and worthy of our praise” (1 Chron 16:25). We can easily draw a parallel of this in our earthly lives. We’re comfortable praising the people we love and admire, for all sorts of achievements, but God alone deserves our heartfelt worship and supreme allegiance.

No earthly achievement or distinction can come anywhere close to what Christ has achieved for us by his death on the cross

All praise and honour and glory to King Jesus who defeated the power of sin and death and took upon Himself all the wretched filth of this world – all because of His immeasurable love for each one of us.

Almighty King, Rock of Ages, Unblemished Lamb of God, Sweetest Rose of Sharon, Bright and Morning Star, Messiah, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Light of the World, Son of God – to you alone belongs the highest praise! Let my praises rise to you like sweet incense as I declare my never-ending love to you!

Not to mention the incalculable, unfathomable achievements of our Creator God in the ongoing miracle called creation. Do you still see the miraculous in the mundane? The meticulous detail that went into the crafting and design of a butterfly’s wings, over and above the biological genius that makes it alive and flutter by.

“Sunrise brilliance and sunset beauty both take turns singing their songs of joy to you”

Psalm 65:8 TPT

Praise Chases Away Despair

Today as I exchange the garment of heaviness for a garment of praise and bring high and holy praises to You my Lord, your glory falls and expels negativity, despair, stress and fear. When praises rise burdens are lifted.

I extend my hands, singing my favourite worship songs. Declaring my love and thanksgiving. The Holy Spirit arises in me and floods me with unstoppable joy. There’s no better way to beat the blues than to change our focus from self to God. Such a shift produces “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” (Isaiah 61:3).

Praise helps us to better focus on God

Praise promotes intimacy with God resulting in more intimate communication with Him and hearing his voice. Hearing God’s voice is the most important part of our fellowship time with God.

God’s presence is especially intense in an atmosphere of praise Wait a minute, isn’t God omnipresent – everywhere, all the time? Absolutely! But He is intensely present where worship is present. Praise is where God lives. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps 22:3)

Praise is a WEAPON.

Ps 149: 4 The faithful and humble who praise you will be adorned with your beauty as your glory falls – and to them you love to give victory

              Many are the victories that have been won by praise. The battles too many to name – depression, opposition in the workplace, the enemy trying to destroy your marriage, your children. In the Bible there are various examples of how praise was used in battles to help secure victories. Just take the majestic walls of Jericho that fell by praise alone. Your Jericho can be walls of opposition or exclusion – those walls can come crashing down, through faith-filled praise and worship of our King who loves to give you victory (see Ps 149:4 above)

Ps 149:6 God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war. These warring weapons will bring vengeance on every opposing force and every resistant power

As children of God we must be equipped with spiritual weapons since we are engaged in spiritual battles (2 Cor 10:3-4). Praise and worship are weapons of war that are powerful before God for the demolition of strongholds, breaking chains, and opening prison doors

Praise lifts us out of the oppression of the enemy. Do you need a powerful weapon to break the chains of addiction, the prison doors of financial debt? Humble yourself, bow down and worship in adoration and faith in the presence of the king of Kings. Singing praises will bring deliverance into reality.

In Acts 16:22-26 we read of Paul and Silas in Philippi. Backs ripped to pieces by an earlier Roman beating, chained, bound and locked up in the deepest inner section of the prison. Around midnight (when everything seems darkest and hope fades fast) Paul & Silas, instead of turning to anger, despair or self-pity, were praying and singing hymns of PRAISE to God. The prisoners were listening to them.

And suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened.

A thousand sparkling stars upon a midnight summer sky
The majesty and wonder of the ocean’s endless tide
And the more I see the more I can’t explain
How the one who set the world in place
Could even know my name and I’m amazed, I’m so amazed

A million snowflakes gently fall, yet no two are the same
For colours fill the canvas of the seasons as they change
And everywhere I look I see Your hand
Why You would love someone like me
I’ll never understand and I’m amazed, I’m so amazed

How great You are, how small I am
How awesome is Your mighty hand
And I am captured by the wonder of it all
And I will offer all my praise with all my heart for all my days
How great You are, how great You are, how great You are

How Great You Are – Phillips, Craig & Dean

18 thoughts on “Does God need our praise?”

    1. Dear Jorey, if the articles are resounding with you it is because your spirit is receptive, thank you for the compliment. Keep reading – there are many more coming (the next article is nearly done). Share it with your friends – our great calling in this life is to know Him and to make Him known! God Bless you, Linda

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    1. Dear Fania, I’m so pleased that you are finding my website useful – I aim to address issues that ordinary people struggle with every day – I get my inspiration from my own experience with my own struggles and battles. The answer to all of our battles are ultimately found in the Word which is a light to our feet and a lamp unto our path. Thank you for your support and for taking an interest. God bless you. Linda

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    1. Wow friend – thank you for blessing me with such precious feedback. Writing about praising God lies close to my heart because there is nothing as uplifting as wholeheartedly praising the One who deserves our adoration more than any other. With Christmas around the corner I have just finished reading “Because of Bethlehem” by famous and much loved Christian author Max Lucado. Because I think you will find it as fascinating as I did, allow me to share with you his insight into one of the unnoticed “gifts” that were presented to the newborn baby Jesus on the night of His birth. He writes that the host of angels, who could easily have provided Jesus with much needed earthly comforts, instead brought a gift of praise and glory to God (Luke 2:13-14). The point the author makes is that the “individuals” who knew Jesus the best and who were most attuned to what would be pleasing to Him brought Him the gift of worship. Isn’t that an eye-opening perspective?
      I don’t know if you have “paged” through my site and stumbled across my playlist – I have published (and keep on changing it to keep it interesting) some of my favorite worship songs – to me the words of the songs are meaningful. I have a vast library of songs and, working from home, I constantly play it in my home. But praising God is of course not limited to music – any act serving to glorify or enlarge Him in our lives is an act of worship.
      In the end I am always reminded of Ps 22:3 God inhabits the praises of His people – that is such a wonderful promise.
      Keep praising and worshiping – draw near to God and He will draw near to you

    1. Hi Friend – I am so grateful that you did not depart from my site without leaving me a comment and particularly one that encourages me to write since you promise to return for new content. As far as writing new content is concerned, I am constantly reminded of Ps 127:1 “If God’s grace doesn’t help the builders, they will labor in vain to build a house. If God’s mercy doesn’t protect the city, all the sentries will circle it in vain (Passion Translation) – and that really is true not only for every article I write and the website as a whole but for everything we do in life, obviously.
      I will definitely keep writing, I love it, and I hope you will always find something useful when you return.
      I want to encourage you in turn, reminding you that God is saying: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jer 32:27) – be encouraged!
      💚 Linda

    1. Dear Robinia, we never stop learning and we should always retain that burning desire to learn more. Obviously you have an open heart, eager to learn, of which Jesus said:”Pay careful attention to your hearts as you hear my teaching, for those who have open hearts, even more revelation will be given to them till it overflows”
      There are few things as exciting as receiving a fresh revelation and my prayer is that you will receive from the Lord abundantly.
      I speak upon you the gift of discernment that you may always distinguish the truth from the deceptions of the enemy.

    1. Dear Joan, if you enjoyed reading this article as much as I was passionate about writing it – we could have carried on this conversation for several more pages. Since you fully enjoyed the topic please allow me to share with the Passion Translation’s version of Ps 135:15-18 with you – it’s a wake up call of note:
      “The unbelieving nations worship what they make. They worship their wealth and their work. They idolize what they own and what they do. Their posessions will never satisfy. Their lifeless and futile works cannot bring life to them! Their things can’t talk to them or answer their prayers. Blind men can only create blind things. Those deaf to God can only make a deaf image. Dead men can only create dead idols. And everyone who trusts in these powerless, dead things will be just like what they worship – powerless and dead”

      But we who have seen the light bring praises to the one true living God and praising Him makes us come alive. I don’t know about you though, but as far as I am concerned I have found that even though my love for Jesus never changes and I remain saved, the world and all its distractions and attractions can sometimes entice my focus away from what matters most and I lose sight of my first love. When I notice feeling “separated” I remind myself that Jesus is not the One who left – He will never leave me nor forsake me – I’m the one who wandered away. And as soon as I turn to Him again – He will be right there where I left Him last, waiting upon my return (just like the Father of the prodigal son)

      Let you and I both declare : I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth 😃
      💚 Linda

    1. Hi Shirlene – from your comment I derive that you must be, like me an ardent lover of God deeply enjoying intimate moments of praise and worship – that would explain why you enjoyed the article so much.
      Usually, once I really get into writing, the hardest part is keeping it short enough so that I retain the reader’s interest, while there is usually so much more I’d like to say. I have found that worshipping, particularly in troubled times, gives me new perspective and, best of all, reminds me of God’s great goodness, faithfulness and lovingkindness in the past – thereby strengthening my faith and trust. No wonder God instructs us to bring praise and worship – amongst other reasons He knows how greatly it will benefit us when we turn our eyes intently on Him: “Lord, as we worship you in your temple, we recall over and over your kindness to us and your unending love” (Ps 48:9).
      May you be strengthened and raised up by worship, reminding you of the Lord’s kindness and expressions of unending love towards you throughout your walk with Him.
      💚 Linda

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    1. Dear Dolorita, I am very pleased that you found the post helpful. Similarly I have found a lot of inspiration and teaching from Christian authors and bloggers, if we read with discernment there is very much to gain. But obviously the primary source of teaching and the litmus test for everything else that we hear or read is the Word of God. I would really like to see this blog develop into a forum where readers contribute their own insights or opinions.
      Can I share an insight with you – reading Hebrews 13:15-16 I conclude that openly declaring your faith in God or testifying of His goodness is a powerful act of praise with which God is well pleased:
      “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess His name….for with such a sacrifice God is pleased.”
      I hope this encourages you to speak up


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