“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my Soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 146: 1-2 Don’t you just love that verse? When I read it I hear me giving myself a lecture. Often, we must remind ourselves daily that we need to choose to give Praise. It is so easy to fall into complaint and questioning and harder to stay in the moments of praise. But, we are reminded here that Praise is to be continual and throughout our lives, not just when we feel like it.
What keeps us from praise? The writer speaks to that question in verse 3 and 4, when he tells us that when our focus and trust turn too much towards man and not God our praise is thwarted. Where is your focus? Who are you looking towards to solve your problems? Which is more important, what man thinks or what God thinks about you? When my hope and help come from God and God alone – I can live a life of Praise (vs. 5). God gives us reasons to praise Him. He is faithful (vs. 6), He is creator (vs. 6), He is just and fair (vs. 7), He provides (vs. 7), He frees (vs. 7), He heals (vs. 8), He restores and encourages (vs. 8), He loves (vs. 8), He watches over and guards us (vs. 9), He cares for those who are alone (vs. 9), He judges (vs. 9), He reigns forever (vs. 10). Do you need any more reasons but those to give praise continually? Think about it, when we grumble it usually has to do with what man is doing around us or to us. Therefore, if we fix our eyes on God and who he is – we can change our tune to a song of praise. Where are your eyes fixed? Listen to your voice; is it a voice of praise or complaint? If complaint, then it is time to turn your eyes and choose to praise. Look away from the daily grind of your life and start worshipping the God that lives above it all.
Dr. Lynne Jahns