Ephesians 1; Ezekiel 4-5; Psalm 150
One of the greatest things about this time of the year is the music. . I like the traditional Christmas songs that don’t even talk about Christ because they’re just fun. I love the Christmas Carols that remind us of the Christmas story. I walk around humming those songs as we hear them piped into stores, the mall or even in my own house. Those songs are ones that everyone knows, even though we sing them once a year. As we sing and think about the words, we sing praise to God.
The song book of the Bible is 150 chapters long. Some of it’s exciting, some mournful but the whole book has as its backdrop the idea that we are to be depending on and praising God. The last chapter, Psalm 150 ends with a resounding call to praise. In short the chapter reminds us to praise God any and everywhere for His greatness and drag out all the instruments and the singers, get loud and praise the Lord. The last line of the chapter finishes with a call to worship: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.”
One worship act that everyone can do no matter what happens is praise. It doesn’t really depend on our circumstances. No matter what difficulties we may be undergoing, no matter how great things are; it doesn’t matter how much or how little we have; we can always praise the Lord. If you’re like me, you may grumble a bit at times instead of praising the Lord. When I begin to grumble at circumstances it’s because I think that God’s not being fair and He’s not treating me right. Then I realize that if He gave me what I deserve, I’d really be in trouble. When I think of it that way, it helps me praise all the more. Today, make your praise begin sooner, rather than later. How soon we start praising God in the midst of difficult times may be the true measure of our faith.