Praise God in the good times and bad times
7.8.15 Do you praise God in the good times and the bad times, or do you just go to God in the bad times?
Ecclesiastes 7:14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Since the presence of praise is voiced continually in heaven, our voices should also be lifted up in praise to our Lord. In 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." The Lord tells us here that we are to have an attitude of joy, thanksgiving and prayer at all times, no matter what the conditions or circumstances are that surround us.
This verse does not mean that we are to thank God for bad things and tragedies that come our way. It means that we are to remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we shall overcome no matter what the devil is trying to do to us. The Lord does not want us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us because He did not send them. He is not the author of evil. We are not to become bitter over life's circumstances, but rather to continue to rejoice in the Lord. It is the will of God for us to rejoice no matter what comes.
Our prayers should be in an attitude of praise even in the midst of our trials. We should lift our voices and praise the Lord like this, "Father, I praise You and love You, and no matter what the devil is doing to me I know that You shall bring me through victoriously! Show me what I need to do, Lord. Show me the door that I have opened to the enemy. I resist him in the name of Jesus, and I command him to leave with all of his oppression and attacks. Jesus, You are the Lord of my life, and I submit to You and will never deny You no matter what happens. Praise God!".
Psalm 34:1-4 "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
We are to bless God at all times, not just when things go smoothly. We are to bless Him when things go wrong, too. We are to boast in the Lord even when all looks bleak. Our prayer should be similar to David's or one like this, "Father, I love and appreciate You. I know You are going to bring the answer I need because You are a good God, and You care for me. I trust You, Lord, no matter what I see with my natural eyes. I am looking through the eyes of faith, and I believe You are sending my answer. I love You, Lord, no matter what happens." When we keep this attitude of praise in the midst of our trials, we come through victoriously.
Praising God when we do not feel like praising Him is called a "sacrifice of praise". Hebrews 13:15 says, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." Feelings fall into the emotional and soulish realm of our being. If we wait until we feel like praising God, we may never do it. Our spirits desire to praise God because of His nature in us. However, the soulish part of us resists that desire, until our carnal minds have been completely renewed in this area. That is why it is important to go ahead and praise God to a point beyond our soulish feelings until we press on into the spirit. We will then sense a real joy, and praise will come forth.
the Bible is clear, even though it is difficult to hear. Paul says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thess. 5:16-18). The words are hard but we need to wrestle with them. This is a tough verse for many people,
for the person recently divorced
for the person who had a miscarriage of a baby they wanted badly
for the person who's body is devastated by the treatments they are receiving
for the person who feels they are barely "existing" in the Nursing home
for the person who is overwhelmed by financial demands
for the person who has to helplessly see their child suffer
for the person who lives with a cloud of depression over them
for the person who recently stood at the fresh dug grave of someone they love
for the person who feels suffocated by their loneliness
In each of these cases, the idea of "giving thanks" is very difficult. In fact, it's not just difficult. It seems impossible.
So remember when your going through good times you should praise God as well as when your going through the bad times. I know it's easy to go to God when your having the bad times but we should always go to God in the good times also. He desires our praise 24-7. We should desire to praise God just the same 24-7.
God I come to you saying I desire to praise you through all things no matter whether bad or good. I want to think you for being there for me through all times. Please Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.