The morning light breaks the sky, and golden sunbeams slip across the dewy grass. Ablaze with fire, the sun slowly rises. Pink and gold streak through the blue atmosphere, as the birds lift up their song of praise. How is it that, though the birds cannot speak as we do, they so beautifully and effortlessly praise their Maker? They echo their songs and bring glory to God. How often do we? God has given us so many blessings, and yet we often take many of them for granted. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you have learned to praise your Maker, but you can always praise Him more. This is something He has recently laid on my heart. In God’s Word, we are commanded to praise Him! “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 150:6, KJV). Do I have breath? Do you have breath? Then let us praise Him! Let us give God the glory and honor do His name.
We may not always feel like praising God, especially in the valleys. I can sympathize because I’ve been there. Although my valley may look different from yours, I know what it’s like to wonder what God is doing, why He seems so silent, why He won’t answer the way I want. Especially in these times, we need to remind ourselves of the many reasons we have to praise Him. As the old hymn says,
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
– Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub. 1897
So, let’s ask Him to show us the many reasons we have to praise Him, even when we don’t feel like doing so. When we are children of God, we can be sure that He will take us through the valleys, but we can also be sure that He will not leave us there. He will give us grace and He will be our strength in our time of trouble. Remember that “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b, KJV). There are times of heartache and there are times of great joy and excitement, but let us ask the Lord to teach us to praise Him in them all.
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