Praising Him For the Ride

There are times in this life when we find it hard to praise. It’s a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. One minute we are at the top, enjoying the spectacular views, then before we know it, we’re careening in the dark belly of doubt, insecurity, fear, and uncertainty. And for a brief second we say to ourselves, “Why did we ever get on this ride?”

Yesterdays post, It’s a Roller Coaster Ride shared the recent roller coaster ride we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Just when we thought we had see the hand of God hand us all that we prayed for, it was taken away in a blink of an eye. We were left wondering if we missed what we thought God was doing. Cautiously we began to share what was happening, giving God all the praise. Then in a matter of days…gone.

It left us asking, “How do we praise God now?”

Can we praise God even when there appears to be nothing to praise him for?

If yes, why?

The answer is yes and because he is God.

We praise God because he is God, not because of what he does for us. If my praise was dictated by what I was given, it would be a shallow praise, void of any real worth. It would be praise based on performance, like a ‘good job” and a pat on the back when my kid completes his chores. Can we pat God on the back for a job well done?

God is worthy of our praise because he is worthy of praise. Psalm 147 reminds me of why we praise our God.

1 Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.

5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

6 The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psalm 147:1-11 (niv)

Matt Redmans’ song, ‘10,000 Reasons’ also helps me to remember why we praise God.

So maybe we’re not getting what we thought would one day be our dream house. And maybe, our current house hasn’t sold yet. And maybe we need to wait a for more days/weeks before we can make our move. It really doesn’t matter. Because our good and faithful God is on the throne. And his name his worthy of our praise.

To steal a line from the movie, “Facing the Giants,” “If we win, we praise him. And if we lose, we praise him.” So today, we praise him because he is worthy of our praise because he is God.

– jay

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