Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
When we enact our vocation, we praise God. When we live our calling, we are doing what God created us to do. In other words, we are praising God. In the film Chariots of Fire, Olympic runner Eric Liddell is a Christian who is deeply devoted to God. Liddell says, “I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
As writers called to write, we praise God when we write. It doesn’t even have to be Christian or inspirational writing. When we write we are expressing the gift the Creator gave us. Each word, a breath of praise.
When we praise God, we become more loving, more giving . . . more devotional. Praising God with a devotional heart opens us to an intimate relationship with God through which we can be transformed. Give praise; receive transformation.
God transforms our vision. We learn to see situations through God’s eyes, viewing them with compassion, using words that encourage rather than discourage, building people up rather than tearing them down, seeking the thread of grace and following it. We give praise through the delicate handling of situations, bringing God’s tenderness into play.
Birth of Praise
Letting God’s tender words permeate our writing brings serenity into our readers’ hearts, creating a gentle place of peace from where praise can be born. When praise is ignited in our readers’ hearts, it spreads like wildfire through the world.