Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Praise

In the last few days God has made me aware of praise and the impact it has on peoples' lives.  I know for myself that there have been times when I have felt God wanted me to praise Him despite my circumstances.

On the one hand, its not so easy because I don't 'feel' like praising and it 'feels' false and my feelings dictate.  On the other hand, its very easy.  If you make your mind up to 'just do it' and 'not over think it' and most importantly, not be influenced by negative feelings, you can 'praise God' despite your circumstances.

In an earlier post I spoke of how, instead of a bunch of new year's resolutions (which I never achieve anyway), I chose to resolve to - Seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and all the rest shall be added - Matt 6 v 33.  It makes no 'worldly' sense to operate in this manner.

The same 'no sense' principal applies to praising God despite your circumstances and trusting Him to work out the problems and hurts for you.  These are Godly principals and God never lies.  So, if He says 'praise Me and let me worry about what needs to be done', then that is what we should do.  Like little children listening to their parents and trusting them no matter how things look.


Ps 34 v 1:  I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Well, that says praise no matter what the circumstances (at all times).

Ps 146 v 2:  While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Praise Him your whole life!

Heb 13 v 15:  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruits of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Why does the writer say 'sacrifice' of praise?  I believe its because sometimes to praise is not easy as we are hurting or angry or hassled and our feelings can prevent us from praising.  So praising God is a sacrifice for us.  A sacrifice that God loves.  Also, God would rather have us make a 'sacrifice' of praise or thanksgiving than something materialistic that we think is precious.  David said that God would rather have a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving than the normal offerings made at that time!

My encouragement to you is to praise God no matter what your circumstances are.  Do it in faith and watch how God works in your life in ways you could never have imagined.

God bless
Tracy

6 comments:

  1. I did it already today too. Saw the beautiful blue sky, washed clean clouds and praised Him, just because it was Beautiful to me!
    Can I get my Noddy badge?

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  2. Great post Tracy! And yes, sometimes it does seem like a sacrifice...we certainly don't always feel it. I've had those times and yet chose to praise Him and sensed a change in my spirit...that shivery sense. GLORY...that still astounds me after all these years of walking with Him. Hope your day is grand! I'm thinking you are surely 8 hours ahead of me. Your prayers for Joplin and all those affected by the tornado are so appreciated. Even though I'm close that is what God is directing me to do.

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  3. I love how the Psalms are full of examples of praising God, despite the circumstances. It motivates me to do the same.

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  4. Praising Him amidst our pain and suffering...praising Him amidst the turmoil and anger...always, always, praising Him!

    Mrs. M.

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  5. Praise can change the atmosphere of a day, bring sleep at night and bless our hearts at all times. "I bring the sacrifice of praise unto the house of the Lord. And we offer up to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving..." We sing it often but I don't want it to become just words. I want the sacrifice to back them up.

    Pamela

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  6. Thanks all for leaving your comments. I really appreciate them. Pamela, I agree with you whole-heartedly. I also want my desire to praise not to be just words about doing it, but actually PRAISING Him. So I am trying to put that into practice.
    God bless
    Tracy

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