Praise is a word used in the Old Testament about 300 times and in the New Testament about 34 times. This term indeed has the same root as price, meaning to ascribe value and worth to another. It far exceeds mere gratitude for any blessings received (e.g., Rev. 4:11; 5:12).
Praise is a great Old Testament theme, especially in the psalms. Laudation of God is found alse in the following New Tesatment passages: John 9:24; 12:43; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14; Philippians 1:11; 4:8; Hebrews 2:12 (cf. Psalms 22:22); 1 Peter 4:11. Praise is sometimes applied to men (Matt. 6:1-4; John 12:43; 1 Cor. 4:5; Gal. 1:10).
The Bible is the one and only book of inspired praise. Praise accordingly is made therein a duty (Ps. 50:23).
There is a progressive order climbling from (a) thanksgiving to (b) adoration and finally to (c) worship, which last-named is expressed not only verbally as appreciation but also bodily as dedication (Rom. 12:1).
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