I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
God is good and He has done great things for us. We should be living a lifestyle of praise, continually giving thanks and lifting up His name. No matter what circumstances we are in, God is a deliverer and His promises are true. We should always give thanks and praise Him.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
The verses above, link faith with praise. We are to abound in faith with thanksgiving, the two go hand in hand!
We should never let the problems of this world turn our hearts from praising God. To do so is to say that the problem we are facing is bigger than God’s goodness and His power to deliver us. Instead we should do as Jesus said, that when we have trouble we should be happy because He has overcome the world, giving us the power to overcome too.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
We live in a very negative world, a fallen ungodly world and we are constantly bombarded with negative things. We must make a deliberate effort to be positive and counter the culture we live in. Praise is a powerful tool to do this.
Look at the Apostle Paul and Silas:
Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Paul and Silas after being beaten and thrown in jail for preaching the good news of Jesus, were still able to praise God from their jail cell! Their praise was from a genuine love and trust in God and it caused a miracle and revival to break out in the jail. If they can do it, so can we.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
If you are born-again, you have the Spirit of God living inside of you. You also therefore have the fruit of the Spirit inside you. You can have joy and peace at all times, not because circumstances are good but because the joyful, peaceful Spirit of God is flowing through you!
Praise is not just something that follows when things go right, it is the driving force that focuses us on God and His power to set us free. It causes our problems to shrink to their true size next to God and we are then in the correct position to receive His deliverance.