Study Guide: Praise Him

Sunday September 21, 2008 | Greg Boyd

Focus Scripture:

Brief Summary:

Praise Him! We may not always feel like praising God, however, there is something transformational about praise that realigns how we see God and how we see our own situations. Praise is one of the ways we fight against the lies of the enemy and walk in the victory of Jesus. Discover how praise can impact your life right now.

Extended Summary:

We don’t always feel like praising God. Things happen in everyday life that steals our inner innate desire to praise God. In praise, we celebrate who God is, His goodness and His greatness. When we are in a dark spot, the last thing we want

to do is celebrate. But when we are in the darkest place is the exact time when we need to celebrate who God is the most.

The worldly perspective is that we celebrate when things are fortunate. In the world, your circumstances define your disposition. By contrast, we celebrate God not because life is good but because God is good. If we are defined by our

environment, then we have nothing to bring to our situations. However, when we can focus on God in the midst of our situations, we gain a perspective that allows us to bring joy to our environment.

We celebrate because God is victorious in the midst of evil in this world. Praising God is a form of spiritual warfare. By praising we are proclaiming God’s victory in the midst of what looks like defeat. This is not just for our own sake, but also for the sake of others. Praise allows us to do warfare for others who are too weak to fight. When we praise together, it causes us to realize that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why is it hard to praise God in the midst of trouble?
  2. How does praise change our perspective on life when things are bad?
  3. Can you share a time when praise changed your point of view when you did not feel like praising God?
  4. What is one attribute of God’s goodness that can change our perspective?
  5. Are you facing situations right now that cause you to not want to praise God?