In the Psalms we find the honest, authentic, often deeply emotional ways people express themselves to God. At times we see the heartwarming praise of someone who has experienced the blessings of God. At other times, we hear the desperate, even angry cries of someone wondering why God has yet to fix this.
No matter which emotion we express or what request we make, in the Psalms, we discover a God who listens, who isn’t afraid of our questions, and who responds when we call. Think of it like this:
- Praise is recognizing God for who He is.
- Thanksgiving is recognizing God for what He’s done.
- Worship is what happens when we recognize we’re in God’s presence.