The opening words in Psalm 149 are “Praise ye the Lord” and “Praise ye the Lord” the closing words of Psalm 150. In between, the word praise is written sixteen times. Each time it is directed to God -the One who is praiseworthy. “I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised…” (2 Sa. 22:4, Ps. 18:3). The Bible is God’s instruction book to mankind. If He emphasizes that praise is important to Him, we should be at our Father’s work. We all lack in the department of praise.
The New Year is upon us. It’s a time of new beginnings and resolutions. Some will diet, quit this or that, or commit to sundry goals. Most will not follow through, and by January’s end will be thinking of next year’s resolutions. Let us resolve to whatever good we need to do, but lend more attention to the One who has given us life on this planet. Can we agree to praising God more this year?
If we want a year full of the Spirit, we need to invite God along. The quickest way is to praise Him. The Bible says in Ps. 22:3, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Nobody likes to be around a bratty, snot-nosed kid! But the cute and cuddly ones get all the attention. I am not trying to put God in a box, but think on it. We certainly find ourselves around those who praise us; as opposed to those who don’t. What person does not like praise? We crave it; if we are honest.
I promise you, based on Scripture, your life will change and if you find that you have slacked off after a few weeks -get back at it. You see a nice thing with God is, we do not need to wait for the New Year: everyday is like that with God. “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
Further commit to write a prayer of praise on New Year’s Day and refer to, and add to, it daily. Father, I praise You for this earth, my life and my very breath. I praise You for Your watch -care over me, my family and friends. I thank You for reaching into a pit of despair to save me from my sin and self. I praise you for a spouse that is dedicated to You and me. Praise You for our pastors and their families who dedicate their lives to us. The many, many blessings that are mine and if it were but one, and that You, it would be all sufficient. Praise you for Heaven where the redeemed will spend eternity. I could go on and on, but one word could sum up the rest: Jesus. Oh praise His Holy Name!