Probably the most difficult thing to do as times is to act happy and positive, when I don’t feel it on the inside! The struggles of daily life can be overwhelming on most days. When I read the stirring encouragements to praise in Psalm 150, I wonder where will I get the gumption to be as enthusiastic as the psalmist.
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lyre and harp!……Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:1-3,6 ESV)
A movement in body to a new scene can affect the way we experience our God. Praising Him outdoors under His mighty heavens is to raise our eyes and hearts to travel in spirit from utter east to final west, knowing He is praised by everything under the skies. A step into His sanctuary, either a church sanctuary or the sanctuary in our hearts, is to enter a sacred space set apart solely for His honour where we recognize He is always present. When our hearts are at last released from life’s cares in that holy place, we can praise Him for His mighty deeds, most significantly our freedom bought on the cross, and hope of heaven in His resurrection.
The psalmist creates a scene of the orchestra of God’s people, using their combined music to praise God, where no instrument is left out. This is no timid mouthing of the words, but a loud, resounding symphony. Listen to Christian music to revive your tired spirit, praising Him for our salvation in Jesus, and the preparations even now going on in heaven for us.
Every breath we breathe is a gift of God, and praising Him is the best way to use it. Life has its ups and downs, sunshine and cloud, sadness and laughter; it all ends in a loud Hallelujah if we stay focused on the excellent greatness of our God.
Prayer: Sing with me: Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory; strength and honour give to His holy name. Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children, in His arms He carries them all day long. Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Every in joyful song! (Fanny Crosby, 1889)