Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! – Psalm 150:1-2 ESV
When we’re in difficulties, our thoughts often turn heavenward. We want God to avenge us and save us from our enemies. We want Him to swoop in and deliver us from everything that causes us harm. We don’t always remember to tell Him thanks. Or if we do, the fervency with which we thank Him is not even close to how it was when we were entreating Him to intervene.
In 2 Samuel 22, we read a psalm of David. In this psalm, David gives credit to God for everything. He thanks Him for protection from His enemies and for giving him the abilities that he has.
David had experienced a lot of hard things in his life. He had spent the last several years being hunted by a king who wanted him dead. He had to leave behind family, friends, and loved ones. Yet David understood that he had much to praise God for.
Throughout his life regardless of what he was experiencing, David never failed to give God the glory. David’s song of praise in 2 Samuel 22 reminds us that:
- God is our refuge and our protector. He provides a safe place for all who put their trust in Him.
- God is our Savior and our deliverer. He is able to save us from anything or anyone that could destroy us.
- God is worthy of our praise. Sometimes we give credit to people who are undeserving, but God always deserves our praise.
- God’s ears are open to our cries. The psalmist mentioned crying out to God on three occasions. God heard him and delivered him every time.
- God is all-powerful. There is no one who can stand against Him.
- All the talents and abilities that we have come from God.
My friend, do you remember to praise God? Do you praise Him when He has delivered you from your enemy? Do you worship Him in the good times? Can you find something to praise Him for when times are hard?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the apostle Paul tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. The word translated as “give thanks” is the Greek word eucharistéō, (pronounced yoo-khar-is-teh’-o). Eucharistéō means to be grateful, but in the active sense, it also means to express gratitude (towards).
Here are three simple ways you can praise God on a daily basis:
- Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, write down 1-3 things that you can praise God for.
- Set praise breaks in your daily routine. Schedule time on your calendar to praise God…even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- Share your testimony. When God does something amazing, tell someone what He has done so His name gets glorified.
Gratitude and praise are expressed. First, we feel the emotion, then we communicate it. This is what we saw in 2 Samuel 22. David was grateful for all that God had done for him and the praise flowed from his lips.
We can be like David. All of us have experienced the favor of the LORD. Regardless of our circumstances, we have reasons to praise Him. Don’t keep silent, my friend, let your praise pour out.
Father, we give You thanks today because You are our protector. You are our strong tower and hiding place, a place where we can find safety when things are hard. We are grateful to You because You have provided for our needs. Thank You for the gifts and talents You have given us, may we use them for Your glory. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Pause for Reflection
- How have you seen God’s hand in Your life?
- What three things can you praise God for today?
- Write a short psalm of praise.
Other actions you can take: