“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”Psalm 105:1 NIV
If God seems far away, persist in your search for him. God rewards those who sincerely look for him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus promised, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). The writer suggested a valuable way to find God—become familiar with the way he has helped his people in the past. The Bible records the history of God’s people. In searching its pages we will discover a loving God who is waiting for us to find him.(Tyndal Study Bible)
The scripture makes me think of a couple of things. When last outside of Church have I given God praise? When last have you made a public declaration of your faith. When last have I given Him praise by my actions. Secondly, why do we only call on God when we are in trouble? Why don’t we acknowledge Him with our blessings? Give praise when it’s due.
The praise offering outside of Church is different to every Christian. For the more mature believer, it should be more challenging and impactful. Like praying for the sick and spreading the Good News of the Gospels to a tough group or individual. The young believer praises in prayer. Praise is different for every person. The important thing is we all have to give praise. Watching rugby over the weekend, it’s amazing how many players acknowledge God after scoring a try. You see that is a praise offering. With his God given talent, he was able to score a try. All the Glory to God.
Secondly, just like the rugby player, why don’t we acknowledge our daily achievements. Even those in the workplace. I can’t do that what would my colleagues think. When the chips are down, we are quick to call on God’s strength. I speak from experience here. When the going is good, we conveniently forget about God, who provided the blessings. I think we should be like those rugby players and acknowledge God more often. I believe that it will also add to you staying humble.
Scripture clearly says we are not to lean on or own understanding. We are to rely on God for everything.
“Lord may I praise You in all my actions. Amen.”