When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped. (2 Chron. 29:29)

I sat on the back porch during a thunderstorm. I watched the trees and bushes bowing back and forth, and I listened to the thunder clap and bang. The rain falling off the roof, almost sounding like a lullaby, was so calming compared to the thunder’s noise. Then it occurred to me that God’s creations were singing His praise and worshiping Him. It gave me goosebumps to be reminded of God’s almighty authority and that nature magnifies and glorifies His marvelous power.

Worship and praise are manifested in many different ways. Tribute and adoration are due the almighty and holy God. Worship and praise show gratefulness in prayer and song to the Savior, they also demonstrate love, compassion, generosity, kindness, sympathy, and benevolence to others. When people demonstrate these attributes, it is because God first demonstrated such attributes on their behalf. God is blessed when He sees His children practicing biblical love and mercy.

No matter your social or economic status—king or pauper, everyone owes God praise and honor for the things He’s done and will do. Loving God should automatically compel one to worship and praise Him, and then pay that love forward to others.

Give God praise and glory for all that He has done and will do.

Tammy Barnes Teeter is married and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She is an author, praise team director and works full time as a sales/engineering coordinator. She enjoys writing and ministering to others.

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