Praising the Lord
Psalm 16: 1-7 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
Often in speaking to Christians, I am told, “I’m just going to praise the Lord anyway.” The Bible says it is good to give thanks unto the Lord. The Word of God commands us not only to thank Him, but also to praise Him. Praise in the Word of God is not a request; it is a command; however, we can only praise Him as we feel a true thankfulness in our hearts.
God has not given us over to the lusts and the desires of the world, but He created us for the purpose of seeking Him and as Christians, of praising Him. Praising the Lord is not an easy thing to do if it is not from the heart. It is from the heart that come “the issues of life”. So if there is not constant praising in the heart, there will certainly not be true biblical praise from our lips.
We are to praise the Lord in good times and in bad. We are to praise the Lord if we feel good or if we are in ill health. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that much of the healing process has a great deal to do with our attitude toward the illness, as well as our attitude toward God.
I believe that one of the great sins of Christians in this modern time is that they have failed to appreciate the goodness of God. It is for this reason that we also take others for granted. One tends to take care of things that he has learned, for which he labored and sacrificed. We cannot begin to appreciate the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us, until we are at least willing to give a sacrifice back to Him as well as to others.
Read Acts 19-20, Proverbs 30, Complete___