Consider 1 Corinthians (NKJV)
16 Do you not know that you are the
We were designed and created as God’s greatest work on this earth. God created everything on earth by simply speaking it into being—except for human beings, which He formed out of the dust with His own hands and breathed the breath of life into with His own breath. (Genesis 2:7) We were created as creatures of praise to His glory! So, praise is our natural relationship with God.
When we live unnatural lives, lives of sin and striving to enrich ourselves with the things this world tells us will bring us happiness, we find ourselves trying to fill a bucket with holes in it. It is, as Solomon says, “vanity and chasing after wind.” The idea that the riches of this world enrich us is a lie that steals our joy and kills our souls. (Does the description of anyone in the Bible as a liar, a thief, and a murder ring any bells?)
True joy is found when we scale that
Yes, we will have trials and trouble and temptation (and maybe even migraine headaches) but praise of God has the power to overcome the adversity in our lives and leave the signature of God on us. To the praise of His glory!
Does it seem backwards to praise God when things in your life are not going well? Are there other things in the Bible that seem backwards to the way the world works? Are you willing to try spending one day focusing on praising God and letting us know what happens?
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!