Psalm 150 (NIV)
1Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Have you ever had somebody come up to you and say, “Great job?” It really feels good, doesn’t it? But have you ever had somebody go on and on and on, telling you how awesome you are, to the point where it got embarrassing? It’s nice for people to recognize you, but if they go overboard it gets awkward, because, after all, nobody deserves that much praise. Nobody’s perfect.
Well, OK, God is perfect. God deserves a lot of praise. In fact, it would be impossible to go overboard praising God.
Come to think of it, if I were being honest, I’d say that I often come up a little short when it comes to praising God during prayer time. I’m pretty good at asking God for help. I’m not stingy—a lot of times, I ask God to help other people, too. But I think I could be a lot better at telling God, “Great job.”
There is so much to praise God about: the beauty of creation, being surrounded by good friends, having a God that loves us unconditionally.
Make an ongoing list of things to praise God for—and then do it.
If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.