“The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

// Isaiah 43:21

God’s heart is that those He created, those He called, would know Him as He is – just as He knows them as they are. His desire is that they would see His goodness, His love and His grace, and respond in praise. Praise, or praiseworthiness, speaks of God’s character, His goodness, His virtue. As written in Isaiah 43:21, God desires that we would declare His praise. Kind of a bold statement, right?

The praise the Father is talking of here isn’t mustered up through our own efforts. He isn’t asking us to try and like Him. He’s asking us to praise Him from the utmost center of who we are. To declare His praise is to say it with confidence, not might. But what if praise doesn’t come roaring out of us? What if we’re not sure?

If we read verses 16-21 of Isaiah 43 for context, we see that God doesn’t want us to miss who He is and what He is doing. For if we understand the Father’s goodness, His heart for us, then we can do nothing else but praise Him. That’s a clue isn’t it? If we find ourselves in moments of uncertainty or apathy towards God’s goodness, His response is a call into new things! To taste and see for ourselves and from there erupt with praise, just as it says in Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

God wants us to know Him in such a way that it transforms us, that our praise would actually shift something in us. For only when we see Him as He actually is will we truly be transformed by His Spirit, not modified by our own efforts. That’s why He wants us to declare His praise, because it is a sign that we are actually seeing for ourselves His mighty goodness. Let’s lean into this call to catch even a glimpse of God’s praiseworthiness. Let’s invite Him into life’s dull areas and take Him up on His offer to reveal afresh His virtue. As His children whom He formed, let’s declare His praise!

// Janel Navran