Let us praise Him, no matter what God asks or expects of us; let us praise Him in every situation of life. Let us praise Him no matter what He appoints or calls us to do. Let us take great joy in Him, reverence Him and respect Him in everything that concerns Him. Let Him be ‘God’ to us, our exceeding joy (Psalm 34:4).
Do you know what it is to delight yourself in God? Learn to enjoy God, enjoy His love, enjoy His presence. As you enjoy Him, offer Him continued praise. Life is no longer to be sorrowful, even amid sorrow, when you know Him and invite Him through praise to be part of your life. No matter how strained, trying or hopeless your circumstances, no matter how afflicted your life, life is worth the living when you honour God. We just need to taste His life in us and experience the joy of the Lord, which God guarantees will be our strength. Remember ‘God’ the Lord God, allows you to call Him ‘Father’. He is your answer, your deliverance, your ‘Daddy’ God and He loves you.
Praise is heart enjoyment, heart enlightenment. Praise is life-giving, spirit-lifting and soul-empowering. Praise is ready to pick you up and set you free from whatever enslaves you. God has done so much for me that I must praise Him, or feel as if I had a fire shut up within me: a force that I cannot contain, but must release. Our God is longing for His people to praise Him (Psalm 107).
The Lord has favoured you greatly. Before the earth was, He chose you and entered into a covenant with you. He gave you to His son Jesus and He gave His son Jesus to you. When we accept Him and what He has done for us, when we believe on His name, He breathes His Spirit into us, so we can say ‘Abba, Father’ or ‘my Daddy God’ (Romans 8:15). Surely you must praise Him! How can we ever be totally satisfied in life if we do not praise Him? To truly satisfy the deep longing of our heart or spirit we must learn to exalt, honour and praise the Lord our God.
We need to launch out into His sea of Love and express our deepest appreciation to Him for who He is and what He has done for us. Your name is written in the Lamb’s book of Life. Through Him you will live forever.
Learn to practise the presence of God. Through praise, even in the midst of trouble, learn to enjoy God. Let God swallow you up in His immense love, let Him wrap His arms of comfort and reassurance around you. As the old Hymn says “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear; what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” You will build a nest for your soul in the presence of a loving Jesus. He will swallow you up in the fathomless abyss of His infinite love. God wants to pour out His affection upon you. Just as Leah when Judah (Hebrew meaning of Judah is Praise) was born, let us say, “Now will I praise the Lord!” (Genesis 29:35).
- Dr Shaun Marler
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