Ezra 3:11, NIV: With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Praise and Thanksgiving have incredible effects upon the life of the believer. They draw us closer to God. They help us to see our situation in the proper perspective. They enable us to fix our eyes on the one Who has the answers, Who can comfort us, and Who cares for us. Jesus said that “the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Mt.13:22). But throughout the scriptures another truth is echoed for our encouragement as well: that praise is the instrument whereby we can rise above the care of this world, draw near to God, and find His peace once again.