Days of Praise

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:1-2

Have you ever just sat back and considered everything God has done in your life? For most of us, we don’t take the time to do this often enough; I know I don’t.  It may be hard to get started, as thoughts about the here and now rush though our minds, as the distractions and demands of everyday life make so much noise that it’s hard to think. Yet as we continue to ponder, as we begin to relax, God’s doings begin to enter our thoughts, and before too long, they push the distractions away.

We might even move on to ponder and reflect upon what God has done in His Creation; the wonder of all it, its grandeur so magnificent.

When we invest a little time and attention in this way, it isn’t easy to remain silent, is it?

Our God is so amazing, so awesome, so powerful, so loving; how can we think on such things and not enthusiastically give Him praise?

Funny thing about exaltation; once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Imagine what it would be like if we did this every day; don’t you suppose that every day would be as amazing as the things God does in our lives? Oh yes, I bet they would be; can you guess why?

If we began each day reflecting upon all that God is and does in our lives, we would be seeing all that He does each day as we go along, and each day we would be giving him enthusiastic praise, and when you do that, it’s hard to stop… and each day would then become a day of praise.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Days of Praise

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  2. Pete says:

    Very well said, Don. Proverbs 3:6 tells us to acknowledge Him in all our ways. Here you have summarized the key to doing this. Worship should always be a part of our daily devotions.

  3. To be thankful always…. thanks for the reminder

  4. Little Monk says:

    Once upon a time (in an earlier life), I was (for about three weeks) appointed the Director of Education for the church I served on staff. (Why? Because our DoE quit without notice.) I suddenly found myself “covering” (substitute teaching) a second grade Sunday School class, and the topic for the session was “Praise”.

    I had no clue at the time, of what to do or how to handle that. So… I punted.

    I started with the question… “OK, kids. How do we ‘praise God’?” (I mean, you can’t go wrong with so basic a question, can you?)

    Hands shot up… “We close our eyes and say ‘amen’ when grownups pray!”…
    Next: “We dress up fancy for church…”
    Next: “We stay real still and quiet when the man talks in front…”
    Next: “We put money in the bowl when it goes by…”
    Next: “By coming to church even when we don’t want to…”

    And then, it all dried up. With each response, my heart sank a little more. Do you see anything joyful or praise-oriented here?

    So, I tried a different question. “Kids? What does ‘praise’ mean?”

    Fewer hands… but a few brave souls… “Shouting ‘Amen’ or ‘Hallelujah’ when other people start!”

    And I assured the class that yes, indeed these were all ways that we showed our love and respect for God… all ways to ‘praise God’… yes.

    Then I “defined praise” for them as… “You can think of ‘praising’ as ‘saying something good for or about someone’. Other than God, who do you, personally ever ‘praise’?”

    Confused looks all ’round.

    “Well, when’s the last time you said or thought anything good… to or about someone?”

    Slowly, tentatively, hands began to go up. It started with sports heroes. Then grandparents, uncles, aunts. Then friends or teachers, and even close family. What was the ‘good thing’ they talked about? Great performance, gifts given and received, friendly moments… the most interesting was the boy who praised his brother for not beating him up this week (so far).

    I said, “OK, now that we’re in the groove… How else might we ‘praise God’ beyond all those things, those practices, good as they are… that we started with. Think of it this way, when we praise someone, we’re usually saying… ‘Wow, that’s cool!’ or ‘That’s great!’ about something they are or something they’ve done, that we notice. So, think of God for a minute… What’s ‘cool’ or ‘great’ about Him that you’ve noticed, say in the past week?”

    This took a little time, and adjustment, but slowly… tentatively… hands started to go up.

    “Well, I have a brand new baby brother, and that’s pretty cool! God did that!”
    “I went out on a boat and saw dolphins… Dolphins are cool… and God made them!”

    Others started chiming in excitedly, hands flew, kids started talking over one another, and the one I remember best was…

    “We’re ALIVE! And that’s ’cause God ‘lives’ us! Now THAT’s cool!”

    And indeed, it is, and it was, and I, too, experienced ‘joyful praising’ in that moment.

    How far had we come from, ‘we close our eyes and bow our heads when grownups pray…” to baby brothers, dolphins, and life itself?

    And how easy is it for us to forget?

    Grace to you — LM

    • Don Merritt says:

      Maybe we should praise God for the wonders of a second graders! 🙂

      By the way, have you ever notice that when we speak of giving praise to God, we usually do so in the future tense? I always find myself wondering when we’re going to get around to it.

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