God longs for greater relationship with you. He desires that you experience Him on an increasingly personal level. Praise is the articulation of your relationship with God. Your level of praise reveals the depth of your relationship with Him. Praise fortifies your relationship with the Lord. As you learn more about God and His character, the more you will praise Him.
Praise is not something we are naturally inclined to do, especially when problems arise. Hebrews 13:15 states, “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually.” The text implies that giving praise is a sacrifice. A sacrifice is something you do not want to do. I do not know about you, but I do not always feel like giving God praise.
Recently, I lost two of my beloved pets within a two-month period. As heart-wrenching as these experiences were, I chose to praise God in the midst of my pain. Praise shifted my focus from my pain and onto God, thus facilitating my healing process. Sometimes praise changes your situation. At other times it changes how you respond to your situation. It is easy to praise God when things are going well. But can you still praise Him in the heat of your trials? God is good even when all hell breaks out. Sometimes you have to push past how you feel and praise God and cry at the same time. God is worthy to be praised at all times.
Praise silences the voice of your worries and doubts. But it should never be silent. While it is good to tell others how wonderful God is and how He has blessed you; do not leave God on the sidelines having to listen as you sing His praises to others. God wants to be the direct recipient of your praise.
If you cannot seem to muster the motivation to praise God, start praising Him and the motivation will kick in. God’s plans for your life do not change based on the state of your affairs. Neither should praising God be situational. Praise will give you a God-perspective of your circumstances, especially as you recall God’s history of faithfulness throughout your life. There is always something to praise God for. Start thanking God in advance for what He is about to do and praise your way to victory!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations