Derek Prince - Who Should Praise the Lord?
"The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence; but as for us, we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forever. Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 115:17–18, NASB)
The Bible exhorts every area of creation and every kind of creature to praise the Lord. The Bible exhorts the heavens, the earth, the sea, the forests, the rocks – there is nothing that should not praise the Lord.
It speaks about all kinds of creatures: flying creatures, creatures in the sea, crawling creatures, cattle, and wild beasts. It speaks about all the states of the human race: kings, princes, young men, old men, maidens, children – all are exhorted to praise the Lord. In fact, there is only just one category of people that do not praise the Lord. You know who that is? The dead. Only the dead do not praise the Lord.
My dear friend, if you do not praise the Lord, you know what your problem is? You are one of the dead. Not necessarily physically dead, but spiritually dead. Come alive! Begin to praise the Lord. The more you praise the Lord, the more joy and spiritual life you will experience. Begin to praise Him right now.