CAN YOU PRAISE GOD TOO MUCH???


Psalm 113:3 – From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.” NASB

My simple answer is NO!  I find no reasonable understanding of this passage that would suggest that you could praise God too much.  The Psalmist is addressing the workday not to exclude the night. He is suggesting, in my view, that we should make a conscious effort to Praise the Name of the Lord all the time and in all things.  Praise is a conscious choice and if we do not focus our hearts upon the Lord, we will become too involved in the activities of life to offer genuine praise to the Lord of Hosts.

I find this passage to be in the same category as the directive of Paul in Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.”  It may be impractical for us to engage in what most would consider prayer ‘without cessation’ but we can have an attitude of prayer all the time.  Likewise, we can have an attitude of praise all the time without stopping what we are doing to do what most consider praise. 

It seems that too frequently we have pigeonholed and developed predetermined ideas of what constitutes praise and prayer.  In that, we often fail to understand that God hears our hearts as well as our words that are spoken out loud.  God hears the thoughts in our minds, not just the words that pass our lips.  We can and should develop an attitude of gratitude in which we consistently and continually commune with the Lord and offer to Him praise and thanksgiving.  From the time we wake in the morning until we go to sleep at night, our hearts should be praising and thanking God. 

I heard a powerful response from a minster who was holding a meeting for the church that I was leading, when someone asked him how much he prayed and when he prayed.  He looked them squarely in the eye and said, “I am a walking prayer.”  They wanted him to be in the church for ‘x’ number of hours per day engaging in what they deemed to be prayer.  They had not learned that prayer is as much a condition and attitude of the heart as it is time spent on your knees or prostrate before the Lord crying out aloud. 

So, to answer the question, “Can You Praise God Too Much?”  I would have to answer in this fashion, YES, if you shut down everything you are responsible for to do what is commonly identified as Praise.  NO, if you develop a mindset and attitude of praise in your heart and allow your entire being and life to become on continual praise to the Lord! 

If you neglect your duties and responsibilities to engage in the religious activity called ‘praise’ then are you really praising the Lord?  If you fail to do what you know you are supposed to do are you bringing honor to His Name?  But, if your heart is filled with awe, love, and appreciation for Him at all times and out of that attitude you live, work, speak, and love then you cannot praise too much!

Therefore, as you go through this day go with a song in your heart and let your mind be filled with His awesomeness.  Let your heartstrings be strummed by the Holy Spirit offering a sweet aroma to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

May God be with you as you go through your day!

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