Why Is God Worthy to Be Praised?

Today, I told a friend that God is perfect in all His ways. And it’s true.

As many know, I come from a philosophy background. Specifically, I tried to study virtue ethics. In virtue ethics, we try to develop virtues, rid ourselves of vices and seek a telos, or end goal in life.

I was thinking about God and His perfect ways today when I looked up Bible verses about praising God. In ethics, someone is praiseworthy if they inhabit virtues of character and act on them.

God has a perfect character and always acts perfectly. By that, I don’t mean He is too pious, too stern, too removed, or too condemning. Rather, of each trait God has, He possess them just right. That’s what I mean by God being perfect. This perfection makes Him praiseworthy.

In Chronicles 16: 23-31, we find the following:

Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 25 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 28 Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”

I simply couldn’t have said it better myself.

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