It was a Thursday morning and we were on our way to drop the kids off at school. I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I was dragging a little. The kids had situated themselves and were chatting away. My daughter is 7 and my son is 6, so you can image how quickly the noise level began to rise. I felt myself begin to feel slightly agitated and opened my mouth to quiet them… when I realized what the noise was. “Deep cries out to, deep cries out to, we cry out to we cry out to You, Jesus!” Both of my kids were singing praises to Jesus!
In that moment, I suddenly felt the presence of God. He was inhabiting their praises right there in the car. I thought about how joyous they were. How happy they were. How fulfilled they were. And, I was instantly convicted. How long had it been since I had let go of everything that was going on in my life just to praise? Not when I was in church. Not singing along to whatever song was on the radio. How often do I let “stuff” get in the way?
Psalm 34: 1-4 says,
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
There are times when I LOVE to praise Jesus and worship seems to come easy. I feel His presence and I am able to give myself fully to Him. There are other times when it is a struggle to even breathe a single word of praise.
We are called to “continually” praise God. No matter what is happening in our lives, no matter what circumstances come our way, we should always praise! We are called to praise him through all things, in all things and sometimes despite all things. No matter what is going on in our lives – we are to praise God. Sometimes, as the Bible says in Hebrews, we are to offer up a sacrifice of praise.
The amazing thing is, that what starts out as a sacrifice, often ends in healing. What starts out as a struggle, can lift our burdens. What starts out as hard, can become easy. The times in our lives that are the most difficult to praise, can be the same times that praising is the most beneficial. Sometimes we just need to sing and lift our voices to the Lord.