I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 146:2 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
(Both passages from the NIV)
What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth? A question like that usually invokes a great deal of thought before answering. Too often we take the praises of God for granted - as something we do only on Sunday morning, or when God has shown Himself in some supernatural way. But our praise to God cannot be "occasional." There is no qualifying language in ". . .at all times" (Ps. 34:1). In Psalm 150 the writer does not distinguish the gender, nationality, or denomination of the praiser; the writer merely says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Well guess what? That's you. That's me.
A person suffering from sleep deprivation is physically tired, mentally drained, and very likely unproductive to a large extent because of the lack of sleep. You want to sleep, but you can't. The condition of praise deprivation, quiet as it's kept, can very well originate in the church. You want to praise God, but you can't. What do you do when you've got a praise and the church won't let you get it out? What do you do when church culture believes unashamed, unmitigated praise to God is beneath them? You praise anyway! A lot of folks are going to miss God sitting right there in church. People may disregard your praise, but God will never ignore the serious praiser. I believe the intentional praises of God are as vital to our spiritual health as sleep is to our physical health. Praise Him like it's your last time; especially if conditions around you seem less favorable. We live in a world where it is necessary to keep our focus on God. Regular prayer and praise helps us to do that.