I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell all the miracles you have done. I will be happy because of you; God Most High, I will sing praises to your name. – Psalm 9:1-2 NCV

praises.newlifeIf you’d like to strengthen your character, try spending more time praising God. And when, by the way, is the best time to praise God? In church? Before dinner is served? When we tuck little children into bed? None of the above. The best time to praise God is all day, every day, to the greatest extent we can, with thanksgiving in our hearts.

Too many of us, even well-intentioned believers, tend to ‘compartmentalize’ our waking hours into a few familiar categories: work, rest, play, family time, and worship. To do so is a mistake. Worship and praise should be woven into the fabric of everything we do; it should never be relegated to a weekly three- hour visit to church on Sunday morning.

Hymn writer James Montgomery advised, “Stand up and bless the Lord, ye people of his choice; stand up and bless the Lord your God with heart and soul and voice.” So today, find a little more time to lift your concerns to God in prayer and praise Him for all that He has done. He’s listening . . . and He wants to hear from you.

Remember that it always pays to praise your Creator. Make it a habit to carve out quiet moments throughout the day to praise God.

– Steve Arterburn

Be not afraid of saying too much in the praises of God; all the danger is of saying too little. – Matthew Henry

When we come before the Lord with praise, humbly repent of our transgressions, and in obedience present our petitions to God according to the guidelines set out for us in Scripture, He will answer. –  Shirley Dobson

Praise opens the window of our hearts, preparing us to walk more closely with God. Prayer raises the window of our spirit, enabling us to listen more clearly to the Father. – Max Lucado

Two wings are necessary to lift our souls toward God: prayer and praise. Prayer asks. Praise accepts the answer. – Mrs. Charles E. Cowman