Praise Is Beautiful
Praise is beautiful! Witness the words of the angel when delivering God’s message of salvation to the world, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14). Hear Scripture’s testimony of the shepherds, “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (v. 20). They heard the angel and they saw Jesus! After Pentecost the disciples were “praising God” in the midst of the joyous birthing of the church (Acts 2:47). The lame man was healed, and he was “walking, leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:8). But that is not all.
They praised God in times of distress. Paul and Silas were incarcerated in a Philippian jail. They were taken to court, beaten with many stripes, thrust into the inner prison, feet in stocks—still praising God! Our praise opens the windows of blessing and delights our Father in heaven. “It is good to sing praises … it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.”