SING PRAISE TO GOD
Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praise to our God, for praise is pleasant and lovely.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
When I go outdoors and see the beautiful sky, feel the sunshine or cool breezes, I can’t help but give thanks and praise. But when I look around at the clutter and focus on it I am tempted to complain. At that moment it doesn’t seem to matter that we have made progress on it.
PRAISE INSTEAD OF COMPLAINT
Recently some friends and I were discussing how giving praise to God actually helps when we are down or feeling spiritually attacked. We may not feel much like praising or giving thanks, but it’s something that we are told to do over and over in the Bible.
This reminds me of how Paul and Silas sang hymns while in prison. They were severely beaten, and the jailer was charged to guard them carefully. So he led them to an inner prison and put their feet in stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
How could they, in the midst of their pain, sing hymns? I’m not sure I would have thought to do that. In their condition there was nothing physically they could do to help themselves.
But nothing could stop them from praying to God or singing.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and they will trust in the Lord.
You can read the whole account in Acts 16:16-34. It tells you why they were imprisoned, how they were miraculously freed, and how the jailer and his family believed in God.
DON’T LET CIRCUMSTANCES CONTROL YOU
I wish I would always remember to do what Paul and Silas did, instead of focusing on my circumstances and complaining. When I see my sons struggle with their muscular dystrophy, it is hard for me. I want to make it go away.
If I feel overwhelmed with all the clutter and other demands, it’s easy to start to complain. There are a number of other issues I can’t mention here, but I know that we all have struggles.
The best way I can prepare myself for those kinds of trials is by spending time communing with God. I try to read the Bible and pray every day, knowing that God is with me and hears my prayers.
God also uses friends to remind me of His goodness and to point me back to Him. Two special friends have prayed, made suggestions and encouraged me during this 31 Day series. Even tonight they reminded me how we praise God when we look for Him in every situation.
I may not be able to change my circumstances, but when I see God in them and trust Him throughout, I give Him praise.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
That is what Paul and Silas did even though they were in prison. I pray that my life will allow the light of Christ to shine through me, that others will know the joy I have in Him.
This is Day 12 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt word is praise.
I’m linking up with #FiveMinuteFriday, even though this post did take longer than 5 minutes.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.