Thank God! How often do we say that when we want to express our relief over something? Thank God the diagnosis wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Thank God no one was seriously injured in that car accident. Thank the Lord that’s over! These are very prescribed, socially acceptable instances of demonstrating our praise for God. These are declarations with which we can be comfortable.
Then there are examples of devotional displays that might turn a head or two. Yelling out, “Praise Jesus!” or “Amen!” in a public setting (sometimes even when that public setting is the inside of a church) will often be met with disapproval. We don’t do that! - cue eye rolls. Forget seeing many displays of Godly devotion outside of the sanctuary, either. How many of us are comfortable bowing our heads to pray in a restaurant, how many secure enough in ourselves to be a witness for God’s love outside of our protected spaces, when not surrounded by like-minded worshipers.
There is no doubt that we need to find more ways, new ways, to praise God in our everyday lives. Certainly, God provides us with ample reasons to praise Him. Before we can begin to “sing a new song”, however, we first need to begin singing.