It’s Easy to Praise God with Life is Great
It’s easy to praise God with our whole hearts when things are going great in life. It’s easy to praise Him when we see Him answer prayers or see Him at work in our lives. And it’s easy to open up our mouths and belt out our praise and make it glorious when we are in church on Sunday and we feel the presence of God. When things are going great, we eagerly share with others all that God is doing in our lives. The joy that we feel, we want to spread and share with others.
Praise God in the “Status Quo”
There are also times in life when life just seems to move at the “status quo.” Maybe we don’t see God doing big things, but we know that He is at work. At the same time there is nothing bad happening in our lives either. That, by itself, should be a reason to praise God and give Him thanks.
But often when we hit times of “status quo,” our praises don’t come as quickly or as boisterous as when we see God doing big things because we don’t see the little things God is doing that are deserving of praise. Instead we take the little things for granted. (Click to tweet) Like that person that cut you off in rush hour traffic this morning. You probably got upset – maybe even lost your temper and blew your horn. But did you stop to think that perhaps it was the hand of God that kept you out of an accident because of that driver? We can choose to become upset or we can choose to give God praise for his protection over us.
Praise God On Monday Mornings
What about when it’s time to get up and go to work or school on Monday….the praises probably are not as quick to rise up from our hearts and push past our lips. Maybe you have several days off for summer vacation and when next week comes around and its time to go back to the office, will you be getting up to give God praise? What about the days when you dread going into work? Maybe there is an audit, or conflict in the office that continue to go unresolved and people hold grudges, anger and bitterness inside making themselves and everyone around them miserable? Do you praise God in those moments, thanking Him for the way He provides for you through that job? Do you pray for that person and seek how God can grow you in this season?
Praise God When Life Gets Messy
What about the times when life gets messy or God seems silent? Do we praise Him then, or grumble and complain? Maybe we praise Him with words, but it isn’t quite heartfelt. We put on a smile at church, pretend everything is okay and the praises we sing come from our lips, but the heart just doesn’t sing along. It’s difficult to praise God in the storms of life or the times there are unanswered questions. Satan tries to sneak in, steal our joy, and attempts to make us think God doesn’t hear our prayers or care about our problems. He tries to make us think that the things we do for God don’t matter and it doesn’t make a difference. In these moments we have to make a conscious effort to choose joy…and to choose to praise God. (click to tweet)
Praise God With My Whole Heart
Psalm 9:1-2 says, “I will praise, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name. O thou most high.” It might surprise you, but God doesn’t need our praise. In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Click to tweet) In Psalm 66:4, the psalmist wrote, “All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” In Psalm 19:1, he wrote, “the heavens declare the glory of God.” Babby Mason sings about keeping the rocks silent by praising His name (hear the song here). Will you be like Babby and keep the rocks silent one more day?
Praise God By Telling of all the Good Things He has Done
Our praise to God, is an acknowledgement of what He has done for us. The word praise means, “to say good things about” (Webster). When we praise God, we are admiring, honoring, and worshiping Him through the joyful thanksgiving and adoration of God as we celebrate His goodness to us and His grace. (click to tweet) But how do we do that when it seems like our world is falling apart or we’ve been waiting on God and getting anxious for Him to do something?
One of the great old hymns is “To God Be the Glory, Great Things He has Done.” Allow the lyrics, written by Fanny Crosby, of the first verse and chorus sink in and meditate on their meaning:
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done
When we Praise God, We Demonstrate our Trust In Him
When we praise God, even in the hard times, we demonstrate our trust in Him. A trust that knows without any doubt that God has a plan for us … and it’s a good plan, even if we can’t see the goodness in it right now. We can believe in His promise that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
When we trust Him, we can know that God will work everything out. I know there are times when I let God know that anytime He’s ready is good for me…but I also need to remember that in the times that it’s difficult to praise God is often the times He is growing me, refining me, to make me more like Christ. Sometimes, it’s in these times, that I learn something new about God or a new facet of His love for me. And I can praise Him for that too.
In the moments that Satan attempts to fill my head and heart with doubts and when I find it hard to praise God with my whole heart, I try to focus on who He is and what He’s done for me. That alone is enough reason to praise Him. (click to tweet)
Let’s join together today and fill the earth with His praises and give Him the glory for the great things He has done for us!
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