Are you ready to make a joyful shout to God? Let us each begin to intentionally make His praise glorious, no matter what. There is so much we can thank God for in the mundane days, the good times and the hard seasons. He is worthy of our praise no matter what, and a heart of gratitude is a gift we can give back to Him for His greatness.
Let’s take some time to reflect on why we can praise Him, no matter what.
“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.” (Psalm 66:1-2 NKJV)
Praise is never about us. It’s not about showing the world how God has blessed us, but declaring that He is glorious.
“Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.” (Psalm 66:5-6 NKJV)
The purpose of the Red Sea crossing was to strengthen the faith of God’s people, and that purpose remains the same today. God wants to build our faith deep and high and wide. Sometimes He stretches our faith in the physical realm, and other times He stretches it in the area of overwhelming grace or peace.
“Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment. I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.” (Psalm 66:8-10, 12b NKJV)
Take some time today to be still before God. Ask Him to fill you with a heart of praise and gratefulness, regardless of your outward circumstances. And then praise Him out loud! And then do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next day. We can never praise Him too much.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.” (Psalm 66:16-17 NKJV)
Praise is acknowledging the gift of God’s answer, no matter what the answer may be. You can praise God for hearing and answering your prayers, and you can trust your soul to Him because He knows how to care for it in the best of ways. He is carrying you in the palm of His hand, and you can always praise Him from there.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.” (Psalm 66:18-20 NKJV)
Don’t let the praise and thanksgiving fade away with November. Now is a better time than ever to pull out that gratitude journal or chalkboard, intentionally giving thanks for every good and perfect gift from our Father.