July 28, 2009
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Have you ever wondered why we are commanded to offer praise continually as believers?
First, when we praise the Lord, it encourages others. Psalm 34:2 says, “My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.”
I think you’d be amazed at how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, respond to something as positive as honest and sincere praise to God when something good or bad happens to you.
Second, praising God naturally brings fellowship. Psalm 34:3 says, “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” There is a closeness… a bond… that is created when you’re praising God together.
And last, praising the Lord gives you power for your day-to-day life. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
I don’t know what you may be facing today, be it a temptation you can’t let go of or a sin you can’t escape. Whatever it is, praise will help bring you out of it!
God responds to your honest, genuine praise of Him. So I urge you to make praise a habit, like our Scripture verse for today suggests, no matter what you may be going through.
START TODAY! GIVE GOD PRAISE FOR THE GOOD AND BAD IN YOUR LIFE!
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