Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 150 1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord wants our praise regardless of our feelings, emotions, words, or circumstances. Praise is a discipline that requires our initiative regardless of our emotions. Praise is often a function of our will. All of Psalm 150 is is a command.
We do not praise God according to our feelings or desires. We will never grow or mature until we are willing to praise in a manner pleasing to God – the way He wants us to praise Him and out of obedience. We must will and determine to praise the Lord – even when we do not feel like it. Praise is not contingent upon our feelings, it is based on God’s greatness which never changes (great is the Lord and greatly Psalm 48:1). David said “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name,” Psalm 103:1. “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” Psalm 34:1.“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God,” Psalm 42:11.
The label of emotionalism is often used by those who resist the expressive forms of praise to describe those who freely express themselves in Biblical ways. This is really a wrong and inaccurate label. Emotionalism is following the dictates of one’s emotions. Truly being governed by the dictates of one’s emotions could aptly apply when we enter into praise only when we feel like it and refrain when we do not feel like it.
To refrain from praising when not feeling up to it is true emotionalism.
Allowing our emotions to dictate our level of praise is emotionalism.
Praise is not emotionalism but it is emotional meaning that it is fitting to let your emotions loose in praise.