Does your relationship with God cause you to celebrate?
Does knowing His presence in your life lead you to praise and worship?
What is your response to His goodness to you? Does it go by overlooked?
Those are tough questions. And sadly enough they often do not evoke the answers we want. There are so many factors in life that seem to squelch our celebration of having such an awesome Lord. Some of the following may be what you would include in your list.
- the mundane hours of each and every day
- the pain, physical or emotional
- the worry that weighs on our hearts and minds
- the disappointment that slaps you in the face at every turn
- the overwhelm of all there is to do
- the expectations and obligations that come our way from others in our lives
One by one these pile up, and as the stack grows taller it blocks the light of the Lord’s shining glory. Satan wants us to get bogged down in the muck and mire of life and look out only to see our problems and frustrations. He wants us to grow in hopelessness.
It seems that all too often our eyes focus on the temporal, we see the here and now and do not live with an eternal perspective. We see the glass half empty. We miss the reality of who God is in the midst of all that weighs us down.
Unless the Lord does some magnificent and spectacular miracles we often miss His presence. Our focus is narrow and the overload of seeming negatives keep us from having a heart of celebration.
The Word tells us that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Consider these:
- a new sunrise
- a mug of steaming hot coffee made the way you like it
- a warm bed to sleep in
- the chirping birds
- the frolicking squirrels playing in the backyard
- a safe road trip to the store or across country
- food your fridge and pantry
- conversation with a loved one
- your very next breath
There are so many reasons to praise God in our everyday lives. We only need to look into the moments of our lives and allow ourselves to be led to glorify the Lord.
We can worship and glorify Him with our words of gratitude, with declarations of praise, with recognition of His goodness, and with realization of His work in our lives.
We can show our joy in Him and really celebrate the life He blesses us with by choosing to honor Him with obedience. We can respond to the truths of His Word by choosing to live fully for Him and being intentional about it. Living for Him brings Him glory!
There are many examples of praise, worship, and celebration in the Scriptures. One of my favorites is in Acts 3:8. Here we read of a man responding to God’s goodness with “walking and leaping and praising God.”
Many of the Psalms are filled with celebration and worship. Psalm 34 is filled with many reasons to praise. It is a wonderful tribute to God’s goodness. This Psalm begins:
“I will always thank the LORD, I will never stop praising Him, I will praise Him for what He has done, may all who are oppressed listen and be glad. Proclaim with me the LORD’S greatness, let us praise His name together.”
This psalm goes into describing many reasons to praise the Lord. Sometimes when my praise bank seems to be dwindling to empty, and complaining is constantly on my lips, I realize I don’t have the words of worship within me. It is then that I turn to Scripture and read aloud the praises that men and women of old have written. At times I make the Psalm my own by inserting my own words, my own reasons for praise.
Verse 8 of this Psalm tells us, “find out for yourself how good the LORD is.” Your day may not seem good, maybe all of life seems to be disappointing, yet that does not change Who God is.
This Psalm was written by David who was constantly being chased and having his life threatened by King Saul. David was always on the run, trying to hide and find safety. He was always depending on the Lord for protection and deliverance from his troubles. He found the Lord’s goodness to be real even in the midst of all his problems.
Psalm 145 is another Psalm of praise by David which is worthy of looking at as we discuss celebration. Again, surrounded by trouble and often filled fear, David found reasons to celebrate Who God is. He praised God for:
- His mighty acts
- His abundant goodness
- His righteousness
- His grace
- His compassion
- His rich love
- His trustworthiness
- His way of satisfying desires
- His watching over those who love Him
So many reasons to celebrate!
David is said to have worshiped God “with all his might.” In 2 Samuel 6:14, we read of how David danced before God in public. David’s worship was without reservation.
How about you? How will you celebrate God today? What reasons can you find to praise Him and give worship to His name. We grow in grace as we come to know Lord more anrow in knowing Him we find more and more reasons to celebrate Who He is!
Next week we will look at Growing in Grace through Watching and Praying. I hope you will join me again to find out why this is so important.