Psalm 135:3 ERV; Praise the Lord, because he is good. Praise his name, because it brings such joy!
Have you ever woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Everything seems to put you on edge! Even when someone is in a cheerful mood, you just want to punch them in the face. Ever felt like that? Hey, I’m just being real. But one thing I’m learning is, my happiness cannot come from external things or people I’ve surrounded myself with. My joy must come from the Lord and to have that, I must purpose in my heart to praise the Lord.
I’ve felt oppression threaten to smoother me and heard my lips say, “Praise You Lord, for Your mercy endures forever!” I kept saying it until the blanket lifted and I could breathe. It’s times like this, times of hopelessness and despair, desperation and discouragement, these are the times when our praise for Father proves to be most affective.
Psalm 42:5, 11 and 43:5, we see David practicing this as he repeats the same thing in these three verses:
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
If David practiced praise, if he talked to his spirit, so must we. Open up the Bible and begin to speak the Psalms as a prayer to the Lord. Begin to exalt the name of Jesus over every thought that would try to defeat or discourage you, for the Word says, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”
Father, I just want to take time to praise You this morning. I praise you for the sleep I got last night, it will be enough to see me through my day. Thank you for a new day! I count my many blessings, the greatest of which is Your Son, who restored our relationship so that I could come into Your courts with praise, be thankful and bless Your name.You are good. Your loving kindness is better than life. My lips will praise You as I lift up my hands and heart to You, Provider, Protector and Peace. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen