Christian Living
David's Call to Praise
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 17, 2018
Jesus, Jihad and Peace

From Dr. Michael Youssef

If King David were with us today, no doubt he would sound this clarion call to every believer: "Praise the Lord!" He would encourage us to clap our hands, to make a joyful noise to Almighty God with instruments and voice, and to shout praises to the Most High God. That's right, shout! And David wouldn't quietly stand before us, meekly offering this as a suggestion for us to consider. No, he would be animated; he would implore us to join him and all the saints of God in praise.

Praise is the path that brings us near to God and His love, His power, and His grace.

 

So if you were to meet David today, would you gladly heed his call to praise God with your entire being—all that you are, all that you have, and all that you will ever be—every day of your life?

Praise is more than obligation—more than a simple spiritual exercise. It is something more than singing songs in church on Sundays. Praise is the path that brings us near to God and His love, His power, and His grace. It brings us closer to the throne of God, draws us into a more intimate relationship with our Creator, Savior, and Lord, and provides us a more fulfilling life on this earth.

People driven to know their reason for being. We want our lives to make a difference, to produce something of lasting value. One of mankind's great questions is "What is the purpose of my life?" For those who believe in Jesus as their Savior, their purpose is clear: We exist to bring glory to God. To find a life of meaning, we need only dedicate our lives to worshiping God—savoring and declaring His excellencies to the world. As we do, our eyes will be opened to the love and power of God and our desperate need for Him so that our experience of God grows richer, our faith deeper, and our hope firmer. As we pursue our life's purpose in following Christ, our very lives are an expression of praise to God.

Prayer: Father, help me to embrace my purpose in life—to glorify You. May I praise You today with my entire being. Praise the Lord! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!" (Psalm 18:46).