Praising God is a counter cultural act because the object of our devotion is OTHER THAN the state, a celebrity, our own aspirations, or positive thinking. God is OTHER THAN us. That is something that we tend to forget as we become more and more enmeshed with our technology. We will never be able, as Ray Kurzweil and the post-humanist proponents suggest, to so magnify our brain's computational ability or optimize a software algorithm in such a manner that we may achieve divinity.
On the other hand, we are as to "put on the mind of Christ." We are to see Christ in the bumbling face that stares back at us in the mirror and in the sullen face of others we encounter. Even the stranger and the enemy is a vehicle for the manifestation of Christ. So, let's get radical, as the psalmist suggests.
"Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm."-Psalm 47:1,6-7