Praising God

We don't have to wait to praise God until we feel everything's fine. We can thank Him for His goodness right now.

"Praise the Lord!" I remember some neighbors who used that expression often. Since they were raising five children with what seemed to me meager resources, I sometimes wondered how they could feel such consistent gratitude. Gradually I could see it was this very act of praising God that enabled them to move forward steadily. Their acknowledgment of God's goodness increased the evidence of His goodness in their daily experience.

The Bible tells us, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." Ps. 92:1. And through the years, many individuals have found increased joy and freedom through consistent acknowledgment of God's presence and power.

For some time, however, I questioned whether it was realistic to express praise and gratitude to God in the midst of a troubled world. Often I simply didn't feel that things were going well enough even in my own life to warrant joyous praise to my creator!

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April 24, 1989

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