Have you ever seen the people who are desperately need something from God but forget to give thanks and praise Him as soon as their situations get better? I hope you aren’t one of those people. But it’s true. Your desperation pushes you to seek God more when you are in pain, struggle, and confusion. But as soon as the desperation is gone, your heart is also gone from God.
There is a story in the bible talks about 10 desperate people who needed healing on their bodies. But only one out of 10 came back to Jesus and praised God for it.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distanceand called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:11-19 NIV
Can you imagine how you would feel if only one of your children thank you after Christmas morning is over? Everyone else is off their own thing with the gifts they received, but only one child is sincerely appreciative. God has so many that kind of children. Some people come to God only when they need something from God. But they’ll never return to give God praise for it. He might ask you,
“Did you forget something?”
God can bless you more than you think you deserve. Ephesians 3:20 says,
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
But you have your part to play as a recipient of the blessing. That is praising God for what He has done for your life.
Why does God need to be praised?
1. God doesn’t share His glory with anyone
I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols. – Isaiah 42:8 NIV
God deserves to be praised, and He does everything for His glory. He will not share His glory and praise with anyone.
2. God holds your life
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:17 NIV
Your life is in His hand. He holds your life together. Without Him, your life will continually fall apart. He deserves praise because He is always at work behind the scene to bless your life.
3. God has the power to change your life
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
God has the power to change our life. He is the one heals, restores, and transforms your life from glory to glory.
Let’s not forget who deserves all the praise before you enjoy all the goodness in your life. God deserves all your praise, worship, and adoration!