I remember the first time I said, "Praise the Lord!" It seemed like a very awkward phrase to utter. All of my Christian friends would say it, and I thought, I am going to say that now
. I consciously thought about it first. But I had a hard time getting it out. Once I did, it felt kind of good. So I said it again. It is a wonderful thing when "Praise the Lord" just flows from your lips.
In fact, that is what you were created to do. You were created to give glory to God. It is the highest use of your vocal chords, your mouth, and your lips. God wants to hear us give Him praise. We need to give God what He deserves, and that is glory. Psalm 29:2 tells us, "Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
Yet far too often we are like the 10 men who suffered with leprosy and called out loudly to Jesus for intervention. He graciously heard their prayer and healed all of them of their dreaded disease. But only one returned to thank Him. Jesus said in response, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" (Luke 17:17).
Often we are quick to ask God for help during times of crisis, but we are very slow to offer Him thanks after He intervenes on our behalf. In doing so, we are essentially telling Him, "Thanks, God. See you next crisis." When those leprosy-stricken men saw Jesus, they cried out loudly for His touch. But only one came back to loudly thank Him (see Luke 17:15–16).
We should be as devoted in our praise to God as we are in crying out to Him for help.