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Bird experts say birds sing loudly in the early morning to transmit two vital messages. They are saying to some birds, “Don’t come near me,” or to other birds, “Do come near me.” So when they sing, they are talking to each other. But I like to imagine they are also speaking to God, saying, “Thank you, God for making me and caring for me.” Whether birds sing to God or not, one purpose we should use our voices for is to praise God for who He is and what He does for us. The Scriptures are clear that praise to God should be on the lips of all people, but especially on the lips of His children. Praise is our response of gratitude for who God is and what He has done. God wants all of His creatures to praise Him—His nature, character, and deeds. God does not need our praise, but since He designed us, He knows how we can be our best, fulfill our purpose, and have the joy we long for. We can only find it in Him. God wants us to enjoy Him. It is why in Psalm 104, the writer burst out in praise to say, “May the glory of the LORD continue forever! The LORD takes pleasure in all he has made! I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!” Giving glory to God should also draw us to Jesus, the Christ who paid our sin debt so that we might live. God’s love shown at Calvary evokes praise like no other event in history.

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