Establishing intentional time for private praise of our Lord is critical to transformation in our lives as we get to know Him and experience His love. Praise restores our faith, fills us with joy, calms our fears, changes our perspective, and inspires us to love and obey God.
Praise is the way of thanking God for everything He has done for us.
And, when we don’t understand what is going on in our life, praise is a way of saying to the Lord, “I trust in You regardless of my situation” or even “I trust You with my own disappointment in the turnout of this situation.” Basically, even when your situation is challenging or difficult, you are telling the Lord, through your praise, that “You are good and I trust you in this situation, and I am going to celebrate way ahead of any breakthrough I could have in my future as a result of this situation.”
Praising God was His idea in the first place! God invites us to praise Him, not just because praise gives God His due, but also because of what it does in us and for us. God is excited to have us come and spend time with Him. He longs for intimacy with us. Interested in a fresh awakening to the Holy Spirit’s voice and power? Praising Him is the perfect way to begin hearing His voice more clearly. Start by spending 20 minutes a day reviewing praise scriptures. You can also add praise music to your worship time. Are you ready to experience a more intimate relationship with the living God? Read and use these bible verses to help in your praise and worship time with the Lord!
Exodus 15:2 (NKJV)
The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
Deuteronomy 10:21 (NKJV)
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
2 Samuel 22:4 & Psalm 18:3 (NKJV)
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:47 (AMP)
The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation.
1 Kings 8:22-23 (NLT)
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel. He lifted his hands toward heaven, and he prayed,
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.”
1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (NKJV)
8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! 11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
1 Chronicles 16:23-27 (NKJV)
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 25 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 27 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place.
1 Chronicles 16:29 (AMP)
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name; Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him; Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (AMP)
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness endures forever.
1 Chronicles 29:9-13 (NKJV)
Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered [money and precious stones] willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly. Therefore, David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NKJV)
13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 20:21 (AMP)
When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.”
[COMMENT: Isn’t it interesting that the people who praised the Lord went out before the army?]
Nehemiah 9:5-8 (NLT)
Then the leaders of the Levites—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed: “May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! “You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.
Psalm 5:11-12 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
Psalm 7:17 (NKJV)
I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2 (NKJV)
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Psalm 18:3 (NKJV)
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Psalm 21:13 (NKJV)
Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.
Psalm 28:6 (NKJV)
Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
Psalm 29:2 (NLT)
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Psalm 30:4 (NKJV)
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 30:12 (NKJV)
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 31:19 (NKJV)
Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!
Psalm 33:1 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 35:9 (NKJV)
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in His salvation.
Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Psalm 35:28 (NKJV)
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.
Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 44:8 (NKJV)
In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.
Psalm 47:1 (NKJV)
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psalm 47:6-8 (NKJV)
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
Psalm 48:1 (NKJV)
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
Psalm 48:10 (NKJV)
According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.
Psalm 50:23 (NKJV)
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
Psalm 51:15 (NKJV)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Psalm 52:9 (AMP)
I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe]. I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
Psalm 54:6 (Amp)
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.
Psalm 56:4 (NKJV)
In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:10 (NKJV)
In God (I will praise His word), in the LORD (I will praise His word).
Psalm 57:5 (NIV)
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:7 (NKJV)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
Psalms 57:9-11 (NCV)
9 Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing songs of praise about you to all the nations.
10 Your great love reaches to the skies,
your truth to the clouds.
11 God, you are supreme above the skies.
Let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 63:3 (NKJV)
Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Psalm 63:4-5 (NIV)
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Psalm 66:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
4 All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah
Psalm 66:8 (NKJV)
Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard
Psalm 67:5-7 (NKJV)
5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
6 Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
Psalm 68:3 (NKJV)
But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.
Psalm 69:30 (NKJV)
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:34 (NKJV)
Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.
Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”
Psalm 71:8 (NKJV)
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.
Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)
But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
Psalm 78:4 (AMP)
We will not hide them [God’s Words] from their children, but [we will] tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and [tell of] His great might and power and the wonderful works that He has done.
Psalm 79:13 (NKJV)
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
Psalm 86:4-5 (NKJV)
Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Psalm 86:10-12 (NKJV)
For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.
Psalm 92:1 (NKJV)
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Psalm 95:1 (NKJV)
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:2 (NKJV)
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 98:1 (NKJV)
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Psalm 98:4 (NKJV)
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Psalm 99:5 (NKJV)
Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—He is holy.
Psalm 100:1-4 (NKJV)
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Psalm 105:1-5 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises. Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds. Exult in His holy name; rejoice, you who worship The Lord. Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given.
Psalms 107:21-22 (NLT)
Let them praise the lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
Psalm 111:1-5 (NLT)
1 Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart
as I meet with his godly people.
2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them.
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
His righteousness never fails.
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
5 He gives food to those who fear him;
he always remembers his covenant.
Psalm 113:3 (NKJV)
From the rising of the sun to its going down the LORD’s name is to be praised.
Psalm 116:17 (NKJV)
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
Psalm 119:171 (NKJV)
My lips shall utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes.
Psalm 134:2 (NKJV)
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
Psalm 138:1 (NKJV)
I will praise You with my whole heart;
Psalm 145:1-3 (NKJV)
I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.
Psalm 145:6-7 (AMP)
People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness.
They will overflow [like a fountain] when they speak of Your great and abundant goodness
And will sing joyfully of Your righteousness.
Psalm 145:9-12 (AMP)
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].
All Your works shall give thanks to You and praise You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones will bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glorious majesty of Your kingdom.
Psalm 145:21 (AMP)
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever.
Psalm 146:1-2 (NLT)
1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 147:1 (NKJV)
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
Psalm 150:1-2 (NKJV)
Let All Things Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Psalm 150:6 (NKJV)
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
Isaiah 25:1 (NLT)
O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV) (A Hymn of Faith)
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
Luke 1:46 (NIV)
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
Luke 19:37-38 (NKJV)
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV)
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV)
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Corinthians 10:17 (NKJV)
But “he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
Ephesians 5:20 (NKJV)
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Colossians 2:7 (NKJV)
Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT)
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I Timothy 1:17 (NKJV)
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:8 (AMP)
Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Revelation 1:8 (AMP)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega [the Beginning and the End],” says the Lord God, “Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”
Revelation 4:8 (AMP)
“Holy, holy, holy [is the] Lord God, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all], who was and who is and who is to come [the unchanging, eternal God].”
Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
Revelation 15:3-4 (AMP)
3 And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and wonderful and awe-inspiring are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all];
Righteous and true are Your ways,
O King of the nations!
4 “Who will not fear [reverently] and glorify Your name, O Lord [giving You honor and praise in worship]?
For You alone are holy;
For all the nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your righteous acts [Your just decrees and judgments] have been revealed and displayed.”
Revelation 19:1 (NKJV)
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
Revelation 19:5 (NKJV)
Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
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