My theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge is faith and encouragement from a Christian point of view. I hope these posts are an encouragement to you. I am addressing these posts to myself as well.
Extol: to praise highly : Glorify (read more here).
I think that praise to God comes from a place of thankfulness. Believers will always have a reason to be thankful to God. This is true even for a Christian who has had a terrible life. This person can be thankful because they have eternal life and nothing or no one can take it away from them.
God also deserves praise for who he is. He is worthy of all praise.
Praise is also a powerful defense when we are in a battle. I love the account found in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 (read it here).
In this account the people in Judah and Jerusalem are about to be attacked by a large army. You can read the entire account for yourself but I will just point out the main point here. The singers are put at the front of the battle and they begin to sing praise to God. God fights the battle for them and the enemy is destroyed.
This account has encouraged me many times and reminds me to praise God in the face of the battle I am facing.
Sing unto God, Sing praises to his name: Extol him that rideth upon the heavens By his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
Psalm 68:4 KJV (source Bible.com).
I will extol thee, my God, O King; And I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145:1 KJV (source Bible.com)