Many times, when we yield to temptation and commit sin, we may feel really bad and convicted afterwards, because we know better.
Being in a fallen state can cause us to feel separated from God, and can take the joy of our salvation, or the joy of fellowshipping with God away from us. When we have present sin in our lives, we may not feel worthy enough to praise God because we feel like we’ve missed the mark. Many of us may even think to ourselves, “I don’t want to feel fake or hypocritical (esp. during a church service), praising God with my mouth and honoring him with my lips, knowing very well that my hearts is afar off. I feel unworthy to praise God right now because of my sinful state. So I’m just not going to do it at all.”
To be honest, if our privilege to praise God was contingent upon our own worthiness, none of us will ever praise God, because none of us are worthy. We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
But I can hear God in my spirit saying to his people, “PRAISE ME, not because YOU are worthy, but because I AM worthy!”
Let’s not hold back our praise to God because we feel unworthy. The bible says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. That’s not a suggestion, that’s a commandment. God could’ve struck us dead in the midst of our sins, but he extended his mercy towards us instead. If we feel unworthy to praise him because of our sin, his mercy toward us alone should be enough to motivate us to open our mouths.
Thank you God for not allowing me to die in my sins! You are merciful, and graceful, and loving and long suffering towards me. You deserve my praise, for YOU alone are worthy!