What does praising God mean?
“Praise” is defined as: “…1 to express approval or admiration of.”(1) It is derived from the Latin root word pretium which means worth or price.(2) Therefore when we “praise” something or someone, we evidently show how much we approve of or value it; we proclaim our admiration of its attributes or worth.
The phrase “Praise God!” is common in the Christian vernacular, but what does it really mean? Of course, God’s Word is the best place to look to define our terms. We must be careful to not get too caught up in traditions and culture practices and lose the meaning that God has given to us through His Word.
Praising God is simply giving Him the recognition He deserves. One way we can define what we mean by praising God is to consider the end result. The end result of giving God praise is to exalt Him and His name. I believe this is one of the reasons the psalmist always followed the declaration of praise with exalting God.
When we praise God, we proclaim our faith in Him. The psalmist writes, “As for me, I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure” (Psalm 71:14-15).
In Deuteronomy, chapters 7 and 8, the children of Israel are told to remember to thank God for the abundance they will receive from God, not their own efforts, gave them wealth.
When we praise God, we are acknowledging that it is not our own efforts that produce blessings and prosperity.
One of the greatest misconceptions concerning praise is that it is something we do for God. However, nothing could be further from the truth. God does not need our praise, but certainly, He desires it. Also, there is no particular time or season to praise God but Always!