We spend a good deal of time on the components of ministry. We know how to plan, program, promote, perform and even pray. Just as critical is the celebration of praise . . . not just praising God for what He has done, but for Who He is.
A friend once told me, “Praise Him until the worship comes. Worship until the Glory comes. Then, stand in the Glory.”
David captured this thought in Psalm 18, “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Ps 18:3 ESV)
Loving the work of God is different than loving the God Who works. Again, the psalmist highlights who God is, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:1-2 ESV)
We praise God because we need Him, not just when we need Him.
I love God . . .
. . . He is my strength because I was weak,
. . . He is my rock because I was unstable,
. . . He is my fortress because I was unprotected,
. . . He is my deliverer because I was captured,
. . . He is my refuge because I was alone,
. . . He is my shield because I was unarmed,
. . . He is my salvation because I was lost,
. . . He is my stronghold because i was defenseless.
That’s who He is . . . that’s why we love Him and that’s why He is worthy to be praised.