I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
From our anchored Scripture, our thanksgiving and praise give God pleasure and secures our lives. It is a great comfort to us that humble and thankful praise is more pleasing to God than the most costly, self-important sacrifices. It is written, in Psalm 51:15-16, “O Lord, open thou my lips; And my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering.” God created us for the benefit of receiving our praises. Our unbiased and un-quantifiable praises must go to God always. Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” God is present and glorified when His people lift His Name in honor. He enjoys it and draws nearer to us in praise. Praising and giving God thanks brings Him to sit in the center of our lives. God is pleased when we are thankful hence it does not matter who is displeased with us. It is of no consequence!
One of the most effective tools that shift our emotions in the midst of the dark season is to praise the Name of God with a song. It has the power to almost instantly transport us from the pit of complaint and despair to a realm of the highest praise. It prompts God into instant action, changing the spiritual climate around us and manifesting His Presence. Praise will bring God’s Power down into our situations and give us the needed victory. The Apostle Paul is a great example; he chose to praise in a difficult circumstance. God had given Paul a vision and told him to go to Philippi. But shortly after arriving, he was arrested, beaten, and imprisoned. However, he and Silas sang praises to God even in the midst of a painful situation(Acts 16:1-40). When we feel like complaining or have been mistreated, we can respond in praise and thanks to God. When dealing with anger, sadness, and other deep emotions, engage in worship and soak in God’s truth by giving Him praise and thanks. It will empower us to proclaim God’s truth over our circumstances.
We celebrate God’s Faithfulness as we mark the 10th Anniversary of Peaceloving Gospel. Join us to THANK GOD, FOR ALL HIS GOODNESS, LOVING KINDNESS, AND MERCY. As we thank God, let’s remember to serve Him faithfully, for He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Let God say at the end of our journey on earth, “WELL DONE MY SON OR DAUGHTER.” My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain(1 Corinthians 15:58).
Beloved, choosing to praise God and giving Him thanks is vital in bringing you victory because it will please Him better than a sacrifice. In times of problems and trials, cultivate the attitude of praise and thanksgiving. Sing to the Lord and give Him thanks. As you sing to the Lord, you will count your blessings rather than your defeats, trials, and problems. As you magnify and praise the Lord, He will become your defense as your faith strengthens. Today, take some time to thank and praise God for all things. Choose to see the good things in your life and be thankful for them. Declare the goodness and glory of the Lord, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As you praise and thank Him, trust that He will hear and respond to you with grace upon grace. Remember, praise and thanksgiving will prevent the enemy from dethroning you because it is not possible for God to be overthrown.
O Lord, I connect to Your grace to praise You at all times and in all things in Jesus’ Name.