Praise is more important than eating. If you don’t eat you will die, but if you don’t adore God you are spiritually dead. It’s important that you make a habit of public praise. Praise is your spiritual pulse, the life-blood of your soul.
Private piety is important and there are commands that can only be obeyed when we scatter into the world. We make much of these things—but there are some promises that can only be claimed when the body is gathered. This is an important function of the church. In the church I pastor we thoughtfully arrange opportunities for the people of God who assemble here to praise God together—corporately. We faithfully, regularly, and purposefully gather on the first day of the week to give public praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. He deserves it. It’s good for us. We can’t live spiritually without it.
It is dangerous to neglect praise. Calvin Miller put this in a creative way in an allegory about the fall of Satan. He wrote that Satan…
“…began his great insurrection by frowning and skipping his morning alleluias. It must have seemed minor at the time, but hell grows out of paradise gone sour. Joy is a discipline, and fallen angels were always those who grew negligent with their praise.” (Calvin Miller-The Valiant Papers).
Let’s not do that.
Remember that “…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.” 1 Peter 2:9
* It’s really Blakely Drian, but Creek sounds nicer so I call it creek.