“I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day. I will honor Your name forever and ever…. I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majestyand Your wonderful works.” Psalm 145
Over the years I have read countless social media posts of my friends and family praising God for the blessings in their life, whether that be pregnancy announcements, graduations, a promotion at work, marriages, a new home etc. As I was driving the other day, I thought to myself, “When will I be able to praise God?” As soon as I thought it, a smile came to my face because in my heart I know that this is a naïve thought and very selfish. I KNOW that God has bestowed blessings upon me, as I am very fortunate to have a wonderful life filled with family, friends, and many accomplishments. Even though I felt this pity on my soul for a short instance, and know it isn’t true, I began to wonder what the Word teaches.
After I arrived home I quickly went to my bible as the last few weeks I have been recently reflecting on the Psalms. (Refer back to my previous blog post for another reflection of the psalms). I read through them until my searching led me to this, “I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day. I will honor Your name forever and ever…. I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wonderful works.” It was in these words that I realized, instead of being upset about the blessings yet to come, I should be honoring Him and his words, giving praise for his promises and exalt Him. The bible makes it pretty clear, we don’t have to read between the lines.
As I thought about this more and more, I realized that even though I am facing this trial in my life, I still have many praises to give God. I have said this before, but He knows our wants, our fears, and our longings. He sees us. He feels our pain and our sorrows when we feel weak. He has the power to restore us and make us feel whole again.
So when will I be able to praise God? TODAY! Right Now! I encourage you to stop what you are doing, think back on the blessings in your life and THANK GOD for being present! Admire Him, Exalt with Him! Bask in his Gloriousness, Praise his wonderful works!
If we choose to, we could spend our days swamped in pity and self-loathing, or we can cling to the teachings of Jesus and “Praise his name forever and ever!”
“Lord, I thank you for all of the blessings in my life. Help me to always praise your Word and your teachings. When I am feeling lonely or unworthy, bestow your grace on me. Help me to know and trust the timing of your unending blessings in my life. Amen.
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