Psalm 150:1-6 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD!
There are seven different Hebrew words that we translate into the one English word - praise. None of the Hebrew words for praise refer to a quiet and contemplative experience but rather something that is physically and audibly expressive. Biblical praise is a vibrant, passionate and God honoring expression from our heart.
Isaiah tells us we have been given a “Garment of Praise to replace the Spirit of Heaviness”. It's interesting that praise is referred to as a garment. A garment is something that has to be put on. To put on something, indicates a decision of the will.
Praise doesn't necessarily start with a happy feeling or an answered pray. Praise, however, does start as a decision we make. And it always ends in breakthrough!