Lou Ann Cochran
The word “praise” is found many places in the Scriptures. In Hosea 14:1-2 (NIV), for instance, Hosea says, “Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.’” Recognizing our sins and asking forgiveness has to come first before our praise is real.