In this Psalm David was crying out to God about his enemies. He opens the Psalm with "God of my praise." David is saying to God, "you've given me a reason to praise you in the past, please give me reason to praise you now."
Praise is an important part of the Christian life. The word praise is used almost 300 times in the Old Testament alone - most of them are in the book of Psalms. What does it mean to praise God? The Oxford Dictionary defines praise as follows:
express warm approval or admiration of;
express one's respect and gratitude towards (a deity), especially in song.
If only we could show the same enthusiasm praising God as we do praising our favourite footy team, actor or music artist - shouting, clapping, cheering, jumping around, raising our hands.
And praise isn't just for Sundays - you can praise God when you're praying, you can sing praise and worship songs seven days a week.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.