It’s important for us to remember to praise God for everything He’s done for us. The psalmist wrote, ‘I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together’ (Psalm 34:1-3 NLT). There are lots of things we can learn about praise in these few verses. 1) Praise is a decision we have to make. ‘I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.’ It can be easy to praise God when things are going well for us, but we need to make a conscious decision to praise Him during the bad times too. Praising God during tough times helps to remind us of how good he’s been in the past, and because we know He doesn’t change, He’ll be just as good to us in the future too. 2) Praise strengthens us. ‘I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.’ When we’re struggling or facing challenges, it’s God’s strength, not our own, that’ll get us through. When we praise God, we give Him the glory and acknowledge that we need Him. He has never let us down or left us to face things alone, and He never will. 3) Praise unites us. ‘Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.’ Joining others in praise and worship and sharing in each other’s joy helps us to feel connected on a deeper level. It’s an opportunity to set aside our differences and remember that we’re united by our love for God.
Organise an online remote praise party with some friends. Think of different ways of praising God – you could try things like singing, playing musical instruments, and dancing.
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