Ps. 117:1,2 – Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, andthe truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
Praise may be the hardest thing for the lost person to understand. Praise is a spontaneous response to beauty or greatness. We praise great works of art, great athletic accomplishments, great business endeavors, and even beautiful creatures. We praise the things we admire. True praise cannot be faked. The lost man has no concept of God. They cannot see is magnificence or appreciate His kindness. You cannot worship what you don’t know. This is why Jesus told the woman at the well we worship what we know. What a person worships reveals a lot about their character. Here are some thoughts from a Hebrew word book on the word praise.
halal; a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate;
The word for “praise” is taken from the word shine.
Here is how Spurgeon describes our praise.
“Praise him, all ye people. Having done it once, do it again, and do it still more fervently, daily increasing in the reverence and zeal with which you extol the Most High. Not only praise him nationally by your rulers, but popularly in your masses. The multitude of the common folk shall bless the Lord. Inasmuch as the matter is spoken of twice, its certainty is confirmed, and the Gentiles must and shall extol Jehovah—all of them, without exception. Under the gospel dispensation we worship no new god, but the God of Abraham is our God for ever and ever; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.”
Have you had a glimpse of the greatness of the Lord for yourself? That is the place worshippers are created. I remember the first time I was around true worship. It was at a funeral when I was about four years old. I didn’t understand it at the time but the authenticity of true worship even in grief has always stuck with me. Seeing Christ for ourselves and worshipping Him causes us to shine with His glory. This is how we appear as lights in this dark world. When you see Him you too will shine on.