It’s a fair question, are you paying God? I don’t mean with money because you can’t send that to God but the money is supposed to be for the upkeep of His sanctuary or worship place. I don’t mean through sacrificial offerings because they can’t be sent to God. What I am talking about is with praise. You do know what praise is, don’t you? Praise is defined by the dictionary as words that express approval or admiration for somebody’s achievements or for something’s good qualities. Praise in the bible is giving thanks, again, for somebody’s achievements or for their good qualities. So, if God is the good God you always talk about, why don’t you praise Him? If God is the one that makes you “blessed and highly favored,” why don’t you praise Him? If God is the one that makes you say, “I can’t complain because it wouldn’t do any good anyway,” then why won’t you praise Him? I mean, you sometimes post about Him on Facebook, repost about Him on Instagram, retweet about Him on Twitter, yet you won’t praise Him in the open. All He asked you to do is “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Well, that’s what Psalm 100:4 says. Yet, you walk into the church house mean mugging the ushers, rolling your eyes at the mothers, talking about the deacons, can’t stand your fellow pew members, laughing at the choir director and judging the pastor and you got the nerve to wonder why you’re having it so hard. Psalm 150:1-2 says, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Yet, again we go into God’s sanctuary; that’s the church, acting like He owes us when He was the one that got you home from that party you had no business being at anyway, He allowed you be able to get up the next morning with all the things you need to function, in your right mind to allow you to get to His sanctuary and you have the nerve to sit in His worship service with an attitude. You spend the whole service texting your boo whose still mad at you, checking to see who posted what or whose following who, checking the score of the game or nodding and you still think that God is punishing you for all the hell you’re going through. No baby, it isn’t God’s fault for some of the mess you got yourself in yet He still brings you through it and you won’t even repay Him with your praise. You were the one that bought those shoes too little and now you can’t even stand to read His word. You were the one who stayed up all night and now you can’t even stay up long enough to hear the message. You were the one talking when you should have been listening and now you’re wondering what the scripture was.
Baby, Honey, Boo, Chile, Girl, Dude, Mister or Miss; It’s time to get this thang right! It’s time, right now, to give God what He deserves and that’s praise. Psalm 66:2 says, “Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is.” You shouldn’t have to be pumped up to praise God. You shouldn’t need music to make you shout. You shouldn’t need a prayer partner to pray or somebody encouraging you because you can do it all yourself. You shouldn’t need a church house to get your praise on because your house has 4 walls, a roof and a floor that works just as well. You don’t need an altar to repent because the side of your bed works just fine because 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You have all you need to pay God but YOU HAVE to pay Him. It’s like having the money in your pocket for your light bill and your lights get cut off. Just because you have the money doesn’t mean they know it but you have to pay them. It’s the same with God. Just because you have praise in your heart, it means nothing unless it comes from your lips! Try it sometime; no try it all the time and you might like what you get in return.