Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teachings and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thanksgiving in your hearts to God – Colossians 3:16
Praising and worshiping God from the depth of our hearts is often not done as much as we pray to Him. The power of praise and worship, I believe, is often underestimated.
I love to praise. I love to worship. And sometimes that is all we need to be in the presence of God. During the days when I lack the words to come before God, my praise and worship songs puts into words what I feel. There is power in praising. There is power in worshiping. It sets the atmosphere and connects you to God.
At church, we are often told to meditate on His words, and we are also often told to seek Him in prayer. But what about worship? What about praise?
Our relationship with Christ is similar to our relationship with our friends. How will you feel if a very dear and close friend of yours only speak to you when they need a favour without showing appreciation afterwards? Months later, they return again for another favour with no thanks, then goes silent. On and on the cycle continues. That to me is a one-sided relationship, and no relationship should ever be as such. Same goes with our relationship with Christ: we should not speak to Him only when we need His help.
Praise and worship God in all circumstances. I must admit, it is the hardest when you are in the midst of challenges. But, I assure you, that is when praise and worship is most beneficial and crucial. I recall a trying time in my life, it took me a while to get out of my bed and get in a mood of praise and worship. But, when I finally did, I thanked myself for doing so. I felt more at peace and reassured that God is able and will never leave nor forsake me.
Take the time out to consciously and intentionally praise and worship God not because you need something from Him, but because you truly want to show your appreciation for what He has done in your life, what He is doing in your life, and what He plans to do in your life. Let Him know how grateful you are with thanksgiving in your heart.