PETER KREEFT WRITES ELOQUENTLY ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS IN HIS BOOK, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE,
Though the Psalms span the range of a multitude of human attitudes, one stands out as their primary theme, the one they keep coming back to: praise, worship, adoration.PSALM 100, A PSALM FOR GIVING GRATEFUL PRAISE:
If our prayers are not largely praise, they fail to conform to God's prayer pattern.
Praise is our rehearsal for heaven. Praise is tremendous therapy for self-absorbed, worried, and self-pitying souls, for praise is self-forgetful---one of the things we need the most.
Praise looks at God, not self. We praise God simply because he's God, because he is praiseworthy.
Nothing else can free us from the terrible slavery to the thousand little tyrants of the modern world---our cares, worries, worldly responsibilities and diversions---as perfectly as self-forgetful praise of God. It need not be accompanied or motivated by emotion; merely doing it worlds healing within.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his[a]; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.