Praise God – Even When You Ain’t Feelin’ It!
Decisions are stronger than emotions.
The man who chooses to be faithful to his marriage through times of trial is stronger than the one who so easily “falls out of love.”
The teenager who chooses to do the right thing, despite being ridiculed is stronger than the one who tries to fit in, no matter the cost.
The employee who refuses to compromise her values at the price of her promotion is stronger than the one whose end seems to justify her means.
And when it comes to worshipping God, the one who chooses to passionately praise God is stronger than the one who has to “feel it” first.
Nowhere in the Bible are euphoric feelings essential to praise God. Instead, we see, time and again, men and women who choose to lift up the name of the Lord, despite their circumstances.
David is a great example. In Psalm 66, he said:
Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! (Psalm 66:1-2 ESV)
Praising God is a decision that is stronger than any emotion. In fact, your praise may just be the war-room strategy you’ve been missing!
No matter what you are facing, no matter how you feel, make a decision today to give God praise!
At some point today find an appropriate place and time to do exactly what this Scripture says:
- Shout for joy!! Yes, even you quiet people – lift up your voice in victory and receive the joy of the Lord as your strength!
- Sing the glory of His name!! God has put a new song in your mouth – a song of praise to God.
- Give to Him glorious praise!! Go ahead- lift up your hands, kneel before God, exhibit your praise. It’s not hyper-emotionalism. It is your spiritual act of worship, an offering to the One who saved you, healed you, and set you free!
Maybe it’s the times when we don’t feel like it that praise has its greatest effect in our lives.
Today is a great day to praise the Lord!!