Ephesians 1; Ezekiel 4-5; Psalm 150
It’s time to get rid of the excuses and delays. Just praise the Lord! How often do we get so caught up in the monotony of daily life that we fail to take time to praise our Heavenly Father? If we think about it, we promise ourselves that we will praise God when we have time; but the time never comes. It’s always replaced by one more thing we have to do and we don’t think about it again til we get ready to lie down to sleep. Psalm 150 gives pretty clear guidance: just do it! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6) That’s the summary statement. The Psalm reminds us to praise Him in our worship center and anywhere else under the heavens; we are to praise Him for what He has done and who He is; we are to praise Him with all of our artistic abilities: music, dance, etc. Whoever we may be, if we have the ability to breathe, we are called to praise the Lord. When we complain, we usually aren’t praising God. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make our concerns known to God, but we need to do so with the right attitude: faith that God will either change the situation or change us so that we can deal with the situation. The challenge for today is to avoid complaints and use the time we normally complain and praise the Lord. Of course, it won’t be easy – we revel in our opportunities to complain. But changing our problems begins with changing our attitudes, so take the Praise challenge: praise God instead of complaining. You’ll see a much greater joy in life if you do.
Lord, how often I enjoy complaining about problems. Sometimes, I think I enjoy the problems so I can complain. Today, let me praise You even in the midst of my problems. Let me understand that You are in control and that I can praise You for that instead of focusing on the circumstances. Let today be a day that I praise the Lord!