Praise as a response to objective reality2
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, ...
- Matthew 6:9
As Jesus taught his followers to pray, he invited them to pray "hallowed by your name." Honoring the name of our heavenly Father is one way we show adoration to him.
Showing respect for God aligns us to reality. He is worthy of our respect. He's great. He's trustworthy. His holiness and creativity and generosity and kindness all merit our praise. When we say "hallowed be your name," we're responding to this objective reality. It's simply true that his name is holy.
Praying "hallowed be your name" is the only sane response to this reality. And when we praise him, something special happens in us and in our community.
Left to our own devices, we recreationally enthrone lots of small gods. Family, celebrities, wealth, fitness, independence, friendships, our pets, our stuff--all of these all attempt to slink up onto the throne of our hearts. Praising God displaces these other things that want to rule our hearts.
When you praise God, what other gods do you find yourself displacing?
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