Two quick questions for today.
- What provokes and propels you to praise God each week?
Sunday worship? Good news? A great song? A beautiful sunset? All things?
- Think through yesterday and today. How many times did you pause and praise? Count them up.
What’s the tally? Did you come up with a goose egg, a zero? You are not alone.
Praise is a “pause with a cause” worth pursuing. Surprises await those who invest and engage.
- Praise sets an ambush. 2 Chronicles 20:22 spells it out. As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men . . . who were invading Judah and they were defeated.
- Praise sets a sentry – guarding our hearts and minds. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice . . . And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4, 7
- Praise re-sets our gaze. There are many hours and days where conflict, clutter and crisis are the prevailing norm. Praise, at these times, doesn’t come from the external, but the internal – eyes that look to Jesus and not at the mess all around. Our Old Testament brother, Habakkuk, speaks as one who knows. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine … yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord will be my strength . . . Habakkuk 3:17a, 18, 19a
Thanksgiving is a pause with a cause, but a meager way to live, if our gratitude is confined to a single day. Daniel prayed 3 times each day. I imagine he praised God 3 times each day as well. Let’s do a Daniel.
What’s a good trigger for you? Meal times? Phone alarms? Anger, anxiety, time outside? What could prompt and provoke you to make praise a “pause with a cause” each day, at all times, through thick and thin?
Psalm 103:1-2 is a good place to begin.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
May the true blessings of Thanksgiving be yours now and always.