April 22 – Praise

Psalm 148; Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 11:15

My wife almost always asks how my day was. Sometimes I’m not sure how to answer. You know what I mean when it’s been when of “those” days when your first reaction is that you had a bad year that day. I don’t want to depress my wife by telling her about my day, but I want her to know why I’m growling like a bear. I usually start off my shrugging my shoulders and telling her it was a “meh” day. Then she persists and I go into detail. You know what I begin to realize as I do that? I realize that as the day wore on, I began to focus on the problems. I took the problems personally and let them control my attitude. Objectively, the day may have been no worse than others, but I had lost my focus and let it go downhill.

Where should my focus be? My focus should be on God. We were made to be in fellowship with Him. We were born again to stay in fellowship with Him. Our natural response to our relationship with God is to praise Him. In fact, if it exists on this earth, it was designed to praise the Lord. In Psalm 148 we see a long list of those commanded to praise Him including all of nature. We are included in that list that ends in these words: “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” (Psalm 148:13)

It is in worship that we are lifted above the trials and tribulations of this world. It is in our times of praise that the natural order of life is restored and our troubles don’t seem so great. Whether we are worshiping individually as we go throughout the day or corporately in church or some other setting, all is right as we praise our God. Oh, the troubles still exist. The job situation hasn’t changed, the family problems still loom, the sickness is still there. Praise and worship renews our strength and restores our relationship with God when we have lost focus and began making the problems bigger than God. Praise begins giving us the strength to deal with problems in God’s way.

Yes, I know it won’t solve all problems. I praise God and ask for healing, and the asthma still bothers me. People praise God and seek His face and their spouse still leaves. Our praises, though, continue to help us focus on God and gives us strength. Make today a day of praise. When trouble comes, instead of shaking your fist, raise your hands in praise. Thank God that He trusted you enough to deal with that trouble. Let our words and our lives praise God who created us and loves us far more than we could ever know.

Thank You Lord for the freedom to praise You. Help me to face the problems of this world by praising You and letting You take control of my attitude. Deal with me in all of my troubles so that my relationship with You grows stronger each day.

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About rockyfort

I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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