I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3
To praise God means to magnify God, and to magnify God means to make God bigger than our situations and circumstances. We must learn to praise God because of who He is, not because of just what he will do in our lives, but because of who He is.
In 2 Chronicles 20:20-24, we see the Israelites praising God in the midst of their battles. In Acts 16:25, we see Paul and Silas praising God in chains. Praise should be our lifestyle irrespective of the situations and circumstances we see ourselves in.
Praise and thanksgiving should be the lifestyle of every believer. Every praiseful Christian is a joyful Christian and every joyful Christian will always carry the presence of God around. The bible tells us that in the presence of God there is fullness of Joy, Psalms 16:11.
Every time we praise God, we let Him know that we still recognize His supremacy over our challenges. We let Him know that we trust that He is still in control of our lives. When we praise God, we command His attention, When we praise God, he steps into our situations, when we praise God, we let Him know that we trust Him even in the midst of our trials. Make praise your lifestyle. It is worth it all.
Apostle Beverley McKay