What is your reaction when something great happens in your life? How do you react to bad situations? What is your general attitude each and every day? Do you have an attitude of praise? Do you praise God in good times, bad times, and everywhere in between?
We may hear someone occasionally praise God. We certainly will if we are in church. Yet how often do we hear people outside of the church building praising God? Do we hear it in the workplace? Almost certainly not. We have become so worried about offending someone if we mention God that we dare not praise Him at work.
Do we hear people praise God in our schools? Again, almost certainly not. Again, we have become afraid of offending someone by mentioning God that we don’t mention Him in our schools either.
However, I have seen a growing trend, even if it is small and slow in its growth. I have heard it with my own ears and said it with my own mouth in, of all places, the checkout line in a store. It could be the grocery store, a home supply store, or a large department store. The trend is that some folks will say, “God bless you” or “have a blessed day.” I like this trend.
We are to praise God in all situations. That may be in conversation in the checkout line. Perhaps it’s something as simple as the clerk making a statement and we say we are thankful that God blessed us enough to purchase whatever it is we our buying.
You see, praising God isn’t only raising your hands and shouting praises to God. It can be that. But it can also be giving thanks for His blessings. It can be acknowledging Him in places that we may not normally think about. It can be a simple, “Praise the Lord” when you nearly miss being in an accident. We are to praise God in all situations for His many provisions, His loving care, His mighty power, His wisdom, and His sheer awesomeness.I pray that we all recognize and acknowledge God’s awesomeness. I pray we see His awesome wonder and can do nothing but praise Him. I pray each of us learn to praise Him in all situations. Look to God. Praise His name. Give thanks for His blessings. Praise Him in all situations, any place.
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.