The Habit of Praise

 

     Praising God is a practice that needs to take root and bloom into a mindset and habit.  If you desire to do so, it is not hard to find ample reasons today to praise and thank God.  In Psalm 34, David’s grateful soul erupts in praise: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.  Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (vv. 1-3).  David found this mindset possible by focusing upon God’s deliverance and providence.

     In answer to David’s prayer, Jehovah delivered him from his fears.  “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.  This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them” (vv. 4-7).

     In keeping with His promises and goodness, Jehovah has provided every good thing. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (vv. 8-10).

     When was the last time your soul erupted in praise of God for His benevolent answers to your prayers?

     When was the last time you profusely thanked the great I AM for His continual providence?

     How well cultivated in the soil of your heart is the mindset of praising God at all times?

 

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