Praise is a great privilege, and a great responsibility. Praise for and in all things is expressing faith in a God who controls everything for our good and His glory. Praise is certainly the gateway to surrender and freedom in Christ. Such praise comes by the working of the Holy Spirit through the Word and flows out as we obey what we know to be true.
James 4:7-10 has taken on a new depth for us as we see the importance of praise: “Submit yourselves, then, to God [by praise]. Resist the devil [by praise], and he will flee from you. Come near to God [by praise] and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded [repent of complaining and griping while we claim to trust God]. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom [treat grumbling and complaining as the serious sins they are and repent in sadness]. Humble yourselves before the Lord [by praising in faith], and he will lift you up.”