Jan 8th 2021 · Day 8
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It is really worth noting that Psalm 148 starts and ends with a hallelujah – ‘Praise the Lord’! What a wonderful template for each day of our lives. When you get up in the morning, praise the Lord for giving you a new day!
The psalm begins with something to praise God for. Verse 1 encourages us to praise Him ‘from the heavens’ and the following words reminds us to praise God for His creation. We are created ‘in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27) and every day is a gift from Him. God has a plan for each day of our lives. So praise Him for giving you this day!
The psalm tells us to ‘praise him in the heights’ (v. 1). This is not really difficult. The mountain-top experiences are quite easy to praise God in. But what about the depths? The valleys the trials that we all go through?
Praise Him in every situation. The Bible teaches us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: ‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ It doesn’t say give thanks ‘for’ all things, it says ‘in’ all things. We learn more in the valley than on the mountain-top.
One minister known for his prayers of gratitude was Scotsman Alexander Whyte (1836-1921). During one Sunday service, on a particularly miserable day, a member of the congregation thought that Whyte couldn’t possibly find anything to thank God for that morning. However, he was surprised when Whyte started to pray, thanking God that the days were not always like that one!
Pause and reflect: When is it a good time to praise God? How about now? His praise ‘will continually be in my mouth’ (Psalm 34:1).
Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy
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