“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” – Psalm 146:1-2
Ugh. That is how I’ve felt lately. Not very good. Tired. Kinda moodless. During my devotional time last night and again this morning, I felt the Lord draw me to this verse. Praise the Lord. I had to remind myself of this throughout the day. Here’s what I’ve noticed:
1. It seems as though sometimes we have to TELL our soul – our minds, our beings, our hearts and emotions – to praise the Lord…it doesn’t just “come naturally” to any of us!
2. “Praise” means “to boast of or to shine light on something; to give honor and glory.” How often do we correlate praising God to good accomplishments or situations? You know, you get a raise or take a rested vacation and someone exclaims “Praise God!” While these are both good reasons to praise the Lord, we can boast and bring glory and honor to the Lord in every circumstance, good or bad. I may be feeling not so spirited today, but today is still a day to praise the Lord!
We do not know the hours given us. We cannot wait until tomorrow in hopes of a better day. We cannot wait until this season passes. TODAY is the day to praise the Lord and everyday will be such as long as we live! So, today I will boast of His goodness, even in the difficult moments; I will honor Him for His sovereignty and eternal reign, even amidst the earthly chaos; I will shine light on His glory, even in the darkest of nights. As the psalmist declared, “Praise the Lord!” I too declare to my soul: praise the Lord!
Praising our God with you today…not because it is a good day, but because He is a good God.