In Psalm 34:1 David strongly reminds us the importance of living a life of continued praise to God. He starts the chapter by saying
If you looked at the hardships David went through, or even knew the context of this chapter alone, you would realize the importance behind why our praise to God should never be circumstantial or interrupted. Continuous praise is not only our source of deliverance and strength, but it’s also the very act that enables us to see the greatness, presence and glory of God in every circumstance and season of our lives.
Today I want us to look at 5 reasons why our praise should never stop. Our reasons to praise God can never be limited to these 5 reasons listed. However, if you currently are, or ever find yourself at a place in your life where you begin to feel empty of praises to give, then here is a great place to start.
WE ARE ETERNALLY LOVED
If you understood the depth, width and height of God’s love for you, then this reason alone would be more than enough to praise Him for the rest of your life. Many of us today do not operate with the true understanding of God’s love for us. We do not operate with the understanding that there is nothing at all that could ever separate us from the love of God. Since we often tend to be insecure and uncertain of the love people give, we tend to think of God in the same manner we think of people.
Yet, God’s greatest desire for you and I is to be secure in, and experience the unshakable, unchanging love He has for us.
His greatest desire for you and I is to walk and live in this liberating and empowering truth. When this truth is understood it compels us to live for Him, to know Him even deeper, and to serve Him.
WE HAVE BEEN SAVED BY GRACE
Grace is a person; His name is Jesus Christ. While my husband and I were talking about this verse a couple of nights ago, he quoted an anonymous source in saying “Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” This hit home.
The greatest gift God could ever give us; the greatest gift that would deserve our praise for all of eternity is the gift of grace which is Jesus Christ.
There is nothing that you and I could ever do to earn this gift. Our works would never be sufficient. And because God knew that our works would never be sufficient, He sent His son Jesus. The privilege of prayer; being able to converse with God at any moment at any place, this is a result of His grace. Being able to experience peace in situations where fear would overwhelm us, is a result of His grace. Being able to rejoice in the midst of sorrow, is a result of His grace. You have done nothing, and will never do anything to earn this– it’s a gift by Him at His son’s expense.
WE HAVE RECEIVED EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING
Here is something to be excited about. The key in this verse is “has blessed us”. This indicates that every spiritual blessing such as forgiveness of our sins, redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ, receiving the same power that raised Christ from the dead and many more blessings as listed in Ephesians chapter 1, are already ours.
These are not gifts to work for, or to yet receive. These are gifts that have already been given to us but are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by us. These spiritual blessings are spiritual realities that become physical realities through our act of faith.
WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
The best place to start in order to understand why this deserves our praise is to look at the Old Testament in contrast to the New Testament. In the Old Testament the scripture reveals to us that the Holy Spirit would come to fulfill a task or empower saints for service, and then He would depart. In other words, He would show up when needed but would not remain with them. Another reference of this is found in Psalm 51:11 when we see David ask of God to not take His Holy Spirit from Him.
However in the New Testament things change. Now, once an individual has received Jesus Christ as their savior the Holy Spirit comes and takes permanent residence within that individual. He comes, and He permanently stays. Paul highlights this truth to us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 when He reminds us of our body being the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
As the Holy Spirit dwells in the believer, He begins to bring about life changing results. Some of the many praise worthy changes are as follows: The Spirit begins to confirm to the believer that He belongs to the Lord and is a co-heir with Christ. It releases spiritual gifts for the believer to edify and continue to build the body of Christ. It empowers believers to live for Christ and fulfill His will. It leads the believer in the path of righteousness. It produces fruit in the believers life that indicates the presence and work of the Spirit.
HE IS FOREVER UNCHANGING
Change is one of the most threatening things many of us face in life, and yet we encounter it every day. People change. Circumstances change. Life changes. Yet, it took years for me to even remotely grasp the fact that God will never change on me. And now that I do, it’s impossible to think about this without drowning in tears. There is no circumstance in this lifetime or another that could change God’s character or heart toward me. Who He is, is who He was, and who He will be. His essence is forever the same.
In other words, He is neither capable of nor susceptible to change which is perhaps the most comforting truth. When change occurs one of two things happen. Either it’s for better or for worse. God cannot change for the better because He is already perfect in every way. And He cannot change for the worse because then He would be imperfect which would mean He’s not God.
James 1:17 is a verse that perfectly describes this truth. Things that have been created are constantly in the process of changing since it’s part of their nature. They have a beginning and an end. God on the other hand, since He is the Creator (and not a creation) doesn’t have a beginning or an end. There is absolutely no variation with Him, no eclipse of His loving kindness and care. Therefore He cannot change.
When we become faithless in Him; when we walk away from Him; when we doubt Him or question Him; even when we deny Him He still remains the same and consistent in His pursuit of us. How beautiful is that? A God this great, with such power and might being so faithful to you and I.
As you meditate on this post this week, may your lips be filled with His praise for all that He’s done for you.
See you next Monday! 🙂