Stewarding the Heart: Praising God Consistently is a Lifestyle Message Magazine’s Online Devotional: Thursday, March 28, 2019
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
Why We Praise Him
Whenever we think of something that the Lord has done for us, we should praise Him. I know that I do not praise Him enough, and neither do many others. When we open our eyes in the morning, we should praise Him.
When we drink our first glass of relatively clean water, we should praise Him. When we eat our first bite of food, we should praise Him. When we almost have a car accident, but don’t, we should praise Him. When we do have an accident and come out alive, we should praise Him.
Who Praises Him
The angels in Heaven praise Him, and they are sinless. They do not know what it is to have the King of the universe become one of them and die the second death on their behalf, yet they praise Him all day long. If the angles can praise Him, how much more should we? The Bible says that if we don’t praise God inanimate objects in nature will take our place. I do not want the rocks and trees crying out in my place.
When to Praise Him
I encourage you this morning to make a list of the great things God has done for you. Then go down the list one by one and praise Him for each. And when you are tempted to feel forsaken of God, remember these words: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Psalms 22:1-3). He comes close to us when we praise Him.
Welcome to the privilege of becoming faithful stewards of your hearts. Manage responsibly, in Jesus’ name.