If you’re like most people, praising God is the last thing you think to do when faced with challenges. It’s easier to bicker and complain than to praise God. However, I encourage you not to exalt the bad in your life, but to instead praise God who’s able to change that situation around.
Philippians 4:4 states, “rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Sometimes you have to push all the mess aside – all the hurt, pain and challenges of life and reflect on the goodness of Jesus Christ.
Think about what He’s done for you. Surely God is worthy to be praised. However, with the devil magnifying every bad and difficult thing in your life, you oftentimes must PUSH your way into a praise – even when your flesh is unwilling to lift one up.
Praising God – The How To
You want to know the “secret” behind getting through obstacles – pressing your way through with a praise offering. Praising God is not difficult to do. It’s simply giving reverence to God Almighty for all He’s done. This can be done in the form of a dance, song/psalm, musical instrument, hand clap, hum or simply telling God how good and wonderful He is.
I’ll be honest, I’m not one to scream and shout (not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just not my style of praise unto the Lord) but I enjoy praising God by simply talking to God and telling Him thank you.
“Thank you God for your protection. I praise you God for loving me past my mess, sinful habits and rebellious ways. I thank you God for clothes, shelter, food and water. Thank you for keeping and never neglecting me. I praise your Holy Name God.”
See how simple that was? Of course I have much more to praise God for, but this is just an illustration of how praising God is not limited to just one particular way. Just praise God for what He’s done – in your own way.
Praising God through Difficult Times
“I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips. May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord, who heals them.” Isaiah 57:19
I encourage you not only to praise God for the good He’s done but also for the difficult times He’s allowing you to go through as well. YES! Praise God for the difficult times He’s allowing you to go through. Now before you think I’m crazy let me explain.
Realize you serve a God who is majestic and sovereign. Nothing happening in your life now is ‘news’ or beyond His control. With that being said, God has given you the end story to the situation you’re faced with. He’s told you through scripture that all things work together for [the] good to them that love [Him] (Romans 8:28). Surely you love God if you’re reading this.
Notice the bible verse declares, “all things work together for good to them that love God.” It doesn’t say some things will work out or that it will work out for everyone except you; it says ALL THINGS work together for YOUR good. Your situation may not be good but it WILL work out for your good. Hallelujah! That’s a reason worth praising God for right there. \o/
Praising God – Final Words
In closing, there’s something to learn during the mist of a difficult situation – although we don’t see it that way. Sometimes it’s during difficult times that we learn to praise God; how to draw near to God and how to trust God to be a provider.
The situation you’re faced with today was tagged with a solution over 2000 years ago before the foundations of the world. The only thing I encourage you to do is to pray without ceasing, hold steadfast to the Word of God, His promises and to continuously praise God while on your way to victory.
When times are pleasant, praise God! When times are rough, guess what? Start praising God! Your deliverance is in your praise! It’s by praising God with the fruit of your lips will you get through this hurdle.
Now, with that being said give praise to God; for the scripture declares, “let everything that has breath praise the LORD” (Psalms 150:6). God bless you and may you be encouraged in Jesus name; Amen!