Praise Him in All Situations

March 5

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19, 20, NIV.

When I first heard about the idea of praising God in all situations, I just couldn’t accept it com­pletely. One reason I had a problem accepting it was that I couldn’t believe I should praise God when I sinned. It seemed pretty strange to do something wrong and then praise God about it. After all God’s primary goal for us is that we live a perfect life, isn’t it?

No, God’s goal for us is summed up in Matthew 22:37-39. When Jesus was asked which was the great­est commandment, He said, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (NW).

The most important thing to God is our love for Him. Love for other people is next in importance. If we really love Him, we can praise God even when we sin.

If we praise God when we do something wrong, then that means we’re in contact with Him. Praising God shows that we’ve established a trusting friendship with Him. It shows that we have faith that He can tum our problem into something good.

When we sin, we are also better able to identify our weak areas. If, for example, you find yourself repeatedly lying, then you can see that as a warning signal that you have a weakness when it comes to dishonesty. You can praise God that He has used your sin to point out where you need to make changes with His help.

Finally, when we sin we can praise God because our mistakes show us that we need to stay close to Jesus. We can’t live a righteous life without having the Holy Spirit guiding us every moment of the day.

Isn’t it exciting to realize that God can make something good even out of our sins? If you haven’t already, why not begin today to practice praising God for everything that happens to you? And then watch as He turns your problems into pluses.

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