Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord. – Psalm 113:1 NIV
The Bible commands you to praise the Lord! Do you know the power of praise? If the Word of God commands you to do so, there must be a reason for it.
Do you always feel like to praise God or worship Him? None of us do. Life is not easy, sometimes, like you want it to be. You have worries, concerns, challenges, and troubles. Even then, the Bible commands you to praise God. King David said, “ I WILL praise the Lord.” He had to decide whether he will be sorry for himself or choose to praise God during pain. How about you?
The power of praise doesn’t just make you feel better, but it changes you and the situation you are in it. It changes your focus and viewpoint. Praise releases you from the power of darkness and brings into the light of God’s goodness.
Praising God is not only for the good days but every day of your life. Psalm 113 continues,
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised. – Psalm 113:2-3 NIV
Praising God is for 24 hours and 7 days! The Bible never gave you any exception. God is worthy to be praised and worshiped. He deserves all your praise and worship, not a part of it when you feel like it.
The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth? – Psalm 113:4-6 NIV
Are you in a hopeless situation? Are you going through the painful season that seems like no end? Of course, it is so hard to rise and praise God in those seasons. Even then, God commands you to give Him praise. Psalm 113 tells you the benefit of it.
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children. – Psalm 113:7-9 NIV
So what takes to keep praising God?
You praise Him, not because everything is good. But because He is good. You must learn to praise God before you see His work comes to pass.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 NIV
2. Knowing God can and He will
You can praise Him by knowing His power. Your sacrifice of praise is the one keep you focused on His mighty power.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. – Hebrews 13:15 NIV
3. Knowing God’s character
Your circumstances won’t change any truth about God. He is an unchanging God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is forever faithful, good, loving, merciful, and kind.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1 NIV
If you feel like you can’t praise Him today, choose to do so by saying, “I will.” You’ll be glad you did.
Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him! – Psalm 147:1 NIV
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