Friday, June 05, 2009

Praise God All the Time

{Galatians 1:1-5; NLT}
This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.

All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

In this evil world in which we live it is hard not to lose our focus. Bad things happen to us and we wonder where God is in the midst of our pain. Tragedy hits our nation and we wonder why God didn’t protect us. When we are honest with ourselves we realize that there are times in our lives when it is just plain hard to worship God.

I have been there. In trying to understand what God wanted me to do with my life I began questioning Him about every little thing that came along. I became frustrated because God continually seemed to set Himself against me and prevent me from doing what I wanted to do. During this time in my life praising God was the last thing on my mind. Instead of worshiping God I gave Him the silent treatment.

Have you been to a similar place? Perhaps you are still loyal to God and you fulfill your commitments to the church, but you don’t praise God like you should. You go through the motions because you know it is the right thing to do, but you sure don’t feel like worshipping God because He seems to be the source your trouble or at least apathetic about your condition. During these tough and dark times of life we need a reason to praise God.

Our faith is exposed in how we respond to God in the bad and tough times in life. It is easy to praise God when everything is going our way because it seems like God is right there beside us blessing us each step of the way. When trials come we have a tendency to blame God because He didn’t protect us like He should. The apostle Paul gives us one good reason why we should praise God no matter what else happens in our lives.

Why should we praise God no matter what? We should praise God because Jesus gave His life for our sins. This was God’s plan from the very beginning. God planned to show us His love through the sacrifice of Jesus. Not only does Jesus’ sacrifice show us God’s love, but it also rescues us from this evil world in which we live. How did Jesus’ death accomplish that? We are saved through Jesus’ death because He didn’t stay did, the resurrection of Christ reminds us that God has power over sin and death. The rescue was made a reality by the death and resurrection of Jesus, the two go together.

True we still feel the effects of this evil world, but the difference is that now we have hope. Hope that one day all this will be destroyed and God will come and make all things new. Things will be how they were intended to be.

If God never gave us another blessing He would still deserve our endless praise because of this reality. Not only did God create us, which is another reason we should praise Him, but He did what was necessary so we could be saved from evil and find life in Him. Glory and honor be to God forever.

I know that during the tough times in life the hope of heaven is very far from our minds. That is why we need to have some spiritual disciplines in our lives. Disciplines that help us get a proper perspective on things. Let’s face it, the reason we don’t praise God is because we are focused on the wrong thing or person. Too often our focus is on our problems and pain and we lose sight of God and what He has done for us. Spiritual Disciplines are designed to reorient our thinking so we will have the right perspective on the circumstances of our lives.

If you feel like praising God take some time and thank Him in word or song for all the blessings He has given to you. If you don’t feel like praising God, even though you know you should, get to a quiet place and pray. Ask God to open your eyes to what He has done in your life and the blessings He has given you. Write them done and take in how gracious and loving God truly is. Let those blessings move your heart to worship.

God deserves our praise, and we cannot afford to praise Him only when we feel like it. Sometimes we need to take steps to worship God even when we don’t feel like it. When we do we reveal the true content of our character and our faith.


Thomas said...

Hi Paul, I googled "Praise God All the Time" and your blog came up. I would like to share my testimony video with you, ( if you are intrested that is : ), and if you are hopefully you have something that will play GOM files. If you are intrested you can e-mail me and I will send it to you as an attachment in my reply.

Jide Salu said...

Hello Paul, same as Thomas. I googled "praising God" and came across your blog. How true your words are and I thank God for coming onto this site.

Well done and God bless you.

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