Why praise the Lord, this question has been puzzling me for many years. I went to church since I was a kid, but I never understand why man should praise the Lord. Of course I know the model answers given to me from the church. There are two typical responses. The first response is something like thou shalt praise God because it is written so in the Bible, thou shalt glorify him, honor him as a good Christian. The second response is as mundane as superstitious beliefs in Africa, you have to praise God, so that God will bless you, reward you with good fortune and protect you from evil spirit. These two responses didn’t really answer my question. Is it like asking why I should buy this product, the sales answer me because it is on sales. The church never tell me the reason and the meaning of praising the Lord. If God is omni potent and omni scenes, he won’t get angry or lose any of his glory even if we don’t praise him. If God is justice and omni benevolent God, he won’t favor those who praise him, he will treat and love everyone equally. In short, there is no need to praise God.
Today in the mass, when I was waiting to have the communion and hearing the choir singing, “I will always praise you, I will always praise you…”, suddenly I have an insight why should I praise the Lord. One should treat God just like anyone else, you should praise him if he done something good, criticize him if he done something wrong. God did many good deeds to us, so we should praise him. Praise is neither a duty nor a mean to exchange for something. Praise is just a praise. It is that simple. The church and Bible’s teaching has confused me all these years.