My devotions this morning told me that it was impossible to praise God too much. Not being a person of extremes, I’ve been thinking about this idea ever since. Is it possible to spend too much time praising God? Is it possible to spend too much time giving thanks to God for all that God has done.
My conclusion: yes, it is theoretically possible to praise God too much. Realistically, however, I have never done it myself and never see myself doing it. And I have never met anyone else who spent too much time praising and thanking God.
But wouldn’t it be fun to try – at least for a day, or maybe for an hour? We went for a short hike the other day to an absolutely beautiful spot. It was a waterfall and a natural waterslide that cooled the hot air in a shaded valley. Sitting on the rocks by the waterslide, especially, I appreciated the contrasting peace of the place with the power of the rushing water. Because of all the rain the waterslide was too high for people to play in it. So this place was quiet, cool, and wonderful. The entire time I sat beside the water I praised God.
But we don’t have to be still to praise and thank God. We can be busy at work but still have an attitude of praising God. Driving in the car we can be thankful to God. We can be thankful as we clean the house or praise him for time to read a book. Most of us do not live in this attitude of thankfulness and praise, but we should.
It may be impossible to praise God too much. All of us could spend more time doing it. And, if you ever get to that theoretical place where you are doing it too much, please let me know. Sometimes the impossible is a worthy goal!
We proclaim how great you are and tell of the wonderful things you have done. (Psalm 75:1)
Praise the Lord, all people on earth, praise his glory and might. (1 Chronicles 16:28)
God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever. (Daniel 2:20)
Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people. (Jeremiah 20:13)
Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! (Ephesians 1:6)