It seems like such an obvious “Christian” thing to see. We read about them many times throughout the Bible. It’s a concept we’ve been taught over and over. But I’ve noticed it seems the easiest thing to overlook: Praising God with His attributes. Songs encourage us to praise Him in hard times and praise Him in good times. They remind us to give glory to Him whenever we can. But are we truly praising Him for who He is?
Table 8 (my amazing California Bible Study group) and I have been going through a Bible study that urges a deeper look into several Psalms and then allow us to write our own Psalms using a formula based on the particular Psalm we’re in that week. One of the common denominators of the exercise is to praise God using His attributes in prayer and on paper. It’s something I haven’t always thought about doing.
Do I think God is powerful? Yes. Do I believe He is the Healer? Of Course. Is He the Almighty Deliverer? Yes! An ever-present Help in my time of need? Absolutely! But do I praise Him out loud for that? NO. It’s like I just assume He knows. (Let’s be real here for a minute…He knows.) But the reason behind why we say these things out loud in prayer and writing them down in Psalms is not so HE can know. It’s to remind US of His attributes!
When we pray His attributes out loud, it encourages us that He is strong, He is omniscient, and He is over all. It prompts us to be joyful of His authority in the midst of a struggle. It reminds us that there will be victory in God and that the battle is already won. Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”
With that strength, it invigorates our faith and assures us of God’s power.
I’ve tried it first-hand. For the last five weeks, I have been starting my prayers with speaking aloud God’s beautiful attributes before I begin any request I have. It’s prepared my soul to know that as I bring my petitions to Him I can be confident in whatever His answer and deliverance will be.
I encourage you, dear friends, to try it! Speak aloud the attributes of our Great God. He is mighty! He is powerful! He has the victory! Enjoy the confidence and joy you can have in the assurance of our Father’s goodness and grace!