“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him" -- Daniel 2:21-22.
The Babylonian king demanded that his wise men interpret his dream, but the king refused to tell them what the dream was! What's more, they would all die unless someone interpreted it for him. When Daniel heard this, he asked the king for time, went home and prayed with his friends, and got the interpretation in a night vision. When he did, he praised the Lord for saving his life, but he didn't say things like, "Thank You, Lord, praise You, Lord." Instead, he entered into a time of creative praise that outlined how great God is and gave thanks for the answer to prayer. How creative is your praise? Do you say the same things over and over again? Has your praise developed and matured over the years, or is it still stuck in the same old phrases you have used for years? Are you hesitant to involve your creative where God's praise is concerned? Why are you afraid?
Lord, I have been lazy where my praise of You is concerned. I have not incorporated into my praise new insights into who You are or taken the time to develop the praise words and phrases the represent my growth in You. Forgive my laziness, for You are worthy of the best praise I can devise!