God is worthy of all praise. As we read in the scriptures:
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. (Psalm 145:3 NIV)
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4 ESV)
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)
What does it mean when we say that our Lord is worthy of all praise? I would like to allude to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to answer this question. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey the Sunday before his crucifixion, “the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:37-38 NKJV). The Pharisees who were numbered among the crowd called out to Jesus to rebuke his followers for what the Pharisees considered as blasphemous words (Luke 19:39). Jesus in turn replied that if the people had not cheered and gave praises to him, the stones along the roadway would have burst into cries of praise (Luke 19:40)! Jesus “is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3 ESV).” Jesus shares God’s glory because he is God by his very nature and is one with God (Philippians 2:6; John 10:30). Because of God’s perfect nature and astonishing deeds, he needs to be praised! Creation, including us, is well aware of the glory of God and our first reaction is to give him praise and magnify his name. Indeed, our Lord is worthy of all praise!
Written by Jay Manimtim, minister at the Central church of Christ