Daily Devotion (April 19, 2017)
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6, NKJV)
I have to be honest, there are sometimes I just do not feel like praising God. Like this morning, I did not sleep well, headache, nose stopped up (is it possible I could have an allergic reaction to something on the outside?), even my computer is rebelling against me. I am so glad someone told me long ago never make decisions based on feelings. They can lead you astray. So, when God tells us to praise Him, and by the way, He has the right to do so, what do we do?
We praise the Lord! Psalm 42:5 says, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance." Our hope in God is not based on feelings but on fact. Feelings come and go. God is constant. He is always God. Circumstances in life change, God and never changes.
In Psalm 103:1, David demanded his soul to praise the Lord. He said, "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!" We have control over our thoughts. We can change how we think.
Psalm 103:2-5, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." We can count our blessings. Some may say, “What blessings?” Each of us has been blessed. Move from thinking in the dark to the light of Jesus. When we start looking at all God has blessed us with the praise will come.
For me, listening to what I consider good Christian music helps. Reading Scripture or talking to others about God helps me move to an attitude of praise. Just writing this has helped my attitude of praise this morning.
So, as the psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”