How do you respond in various situations? Imagine or remember the following: Your baby is born. Your spouse dies. You’ve got the job. Your dog is run over. You are getting married today. You have cancer. We react differently to different situations in our lives which can vary from happiness to pain, glee to sadness or gratefulness to fear. The circumstances we go through change all the time and our reactions can vary also, but as humans created by God we have been given the ability to choose our responses.
How do you respond to God in the midst of your everyday? Imagine standing in front of God for the first time. What would you do? What would you say? Could you praise Him? Can you praise Him right now considering your current circumstances?
No matter what we go through–the blessings or the losses–God is to be praised. Job lost everything he had and yet he responded this way:
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1.21b, ESV, https://www.bible.com/bible/59/job.1.21.esv)
The prayer of praise is our opportunity to recognize those things about God for which He is deserving of praise. So, how should we respond to God? Over and over throughout the Psalms we are called to “Praise to Lord.” It is an entire book of the Bible dedicated to praising our God! We may not be able to change our immediate reactions to circumstance but one response we can choose is to praise God no matter the circumstance.
Your Turn to Pray
We want to invite everyone who has been a part of our prayer devotionals to come and Praise the Lord together tonight at our: