Praise Him

What does it take for you to praise God?  Is answered prayer enough?  How about a healthy body, godly children or all your material needs met?  We like to believe that if God never did another thing on our behalf we would glorify His name anyway.  Intellectually, we understand that what we already have is enough and even that we did not earn.  But, what if our prayers go unanswered?  Would we still lift our hands in worship?  Could we still adore Him?  Is your praise conditional?  Must God earn your praise?
Psalm 34:1-3
34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

Evidently, all times means all times.  In every situation, we are to praise God.  Feelings are irrelevant.  Difficult circumstances do not matter.  Lack of health or financial upheaval does not excuse us from blessing the name of the Lord.  When life seems unfair and oppressive, God still deserves His praise.  Praise is not about us, it’s about God.  The scripture does not say because of what I have, give thanks. Joy just might invade our lives if we disconnect thanks from things and just praise God for who He is.


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