What to Do When Praise is Difficult (Praise Your Way Day 23)

Today’s Reading

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? – Psalm 137:1-4


Reflection

There are times that we can be in situations that we don’t know how to praise God.  At such times everything in us wants to murmur and complain. While it’s very easy to praise God in good times when everything is going as expected, in bad times, it’s easier to grumble and complain than praise. It is natural to cry and weep and live in anxiety.

Please understand that when we teach and advise us to concentrate on praise, we are not ignoring the reality on the ground. We are not covering the facts of what’s happening or what has happened.

Yes, the pains are still there. The issues are still nagging. But as we choose to praise, we are confronting the situations with the power of God. We are saying that yes, this is not good, but God will make good His word. The light will shine.”

Don’t let the facts on ground rob you the opportunity to dwell in praise from your heart. Praising God genuinely is one of the most powerful ways to turn the facts into testimony.

David resolved to give thanks to God at all times.

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  – Psalm 34:1

This doesn’t mean he had it good always. He had his share of many lows, many pains, losses and setbacks. But he chose to praise.

He was a man surrounded by enemies. From his youthful age to his old age, his life was like a precious stone in the midst of thorns. But he chose to praise. As I said earlier, he wrote over 75% of the book of Psalms, otherwise called the book of praise.

How was David able to choose praise even in the midst of so many tribulations and warfare?

1. His Heart Was Fixed On God

My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. – Psalm 57:5-7

If you read verse 7 without reading from verse 4, you may assume that he made that statement because he was reigning as king. Therefore he had no problem.

No. He wrote that Psalm in the peak of Saul’s vexation against him. He compared what he was going through to one whose soul is among hungry lions, among men with spears and sharp tongues. However, he would fix his eyes on God.

The Bible says to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith – Not on our problems. Not on our battles. Not on our pains.

When we do, we’ll find that we have reasons to praise God, no matter what the situation is.


2. He Recognized God as His Light, His Salvation and the Strength of His Life.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

That’s simply saying, “Well, God is my all. I have no other person or place to turn to.”

Just as the Bible says, salvation is in no other except Jesus Christ.

If you know that, “well, God is my last bus stop,” you’ll choose praise. You’re not going to want praise because all your questions have been answered and your problems solved. You’ll accept praise because you know that God will surely save you. And that even if there are things you do not understand at the moment, you’ll understand them later.


3. He Remembered…

David remembered that God has been good to Him several times. As a young boy tending sheep in the bush, God had enabled him to kill a lion and a bear. God chose him to be king even when no one gave him a chance. He thought that if God could do so much for him in the past, He would also protect and save him, even in the very unpleasant situation he found himself.

This is the same thing we need to do. We need to remember.

If God was good to you at any time in the past, then He will not forget you now. Recall past victories and remember that God has been faithful to you in the past.

This should be a shield for you in any adversity.

If you can remember, you will see reasons to praise God.


Meditate on These Scriptures

Psalm 77:11 – I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.

1 Samuel 7:12 – Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

Psalm 105:5 – Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,

Psalm 143:5 – I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.

Jonah 2:7 – “While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.


Prayer Guide

Today, make a note of God’s blessings in your life in the past and present. List everything you feel you can remember that God has done in your life. It may not be easy, but it’s great to count our blessings at times.

Then bring these remembrances before the Lord and just praise and appreciate Him from your heart.


How to Participate in the Praise Your Way

    1. Spend 30 (or more) minutes every day in personal praise and thanksgiving. Wake up in the middle of the night and sing and praise and worship God
    2. Write out all your prayer requests on a paper, every present challenge or issue that needs to be settled. But instead of begging, praise God. Wave the paper before God daily in praise and drop it to the ground and dance over them.
    3. Pray for others. Spend 10 (or more) minutes every day to pray for others.
    4. No matter how pressing your personal needs are, take your eyes away from them, only praise God and intercede for others
    5.  Whatever can inspire praise and worship in you, involve in it this month – get songs, sing, dance, worship, etc.
    6. Be very very watchful. God will speak to you and give you strange ideas and directions this period. Write down every new thought and revelation that God brings to your heart or through a vision or dream
    7. Share your praise report. Share your testimonies
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8 Comments
  1. Reply
    Nancy Reed December 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I’m so Grateful this day , just on time I felt so many tribulations , pains and battles but when I read this I felt peace knowing God is with me like David did “

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    Serena December 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Today’s message has really hit home for me. For the last two days I have been feeling down, depressed and fed up. Even though I have been going about at work and home as if all is well, I haven’t felt that way. I have not been able to pray as much as I would like to but I know that if I do God will make me feel that inner peace within.

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    Sheila December 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    When I was in church today,I realized the importance of taking note of God’s blessings every day (written note). Now I remember the day I divinely stumbled accross this precious website. My passion and respect for the word has increased since then. And I remember the 4 books you gave me upon subscribing for the weekly email.For that I’m truly grateful. I am truly blessed.

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    Bobbie Mckay December 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Always A timely message. Always a praise and I’m so thankful for a way to be consistent in my devotional time

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    Stefanie December 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I have found the last 10-12 days the most difficult to praise. I feel down and depressed even now. I was sitting in my car last night thinking about blowing my brains out. Not sure if I have the nerves to do it, but I’m tired. Please pray for me.

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    Gary December 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Trust in the Lord is everything. Knowing that He will keep his promise to us means that when times seem hard just keep believing and righteousness will shine through.

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    Karyn December 24, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Yes. Even in bad times we should always praise and him. He still gets us through our problems. Even those I work with can be rude and nasty or just being out and about. We all need to pray for others not just for ourselves. And learn to forgive. I still praise and thank him every day of my life and I even kept a journal of all the things I see hear and endure every day so I pray that we all pray love respect be merciful patient kind humble meek serve help others that don’t have or those that have less than what we do. Thank you. Amen.😍👩🙋🙏

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    Belinda Pfister December 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Indeed God has always been good to me and until now. Yes, i have uncountable reasons to praise and worship Him all the time and forever for His Mercy and Grace. Before i joined this program, my left leg was in pain. I had it almost six months already and had no medical help because i didn’t want to depend on pain reliever.As time goes by the pain was becoming severe up to the point that i have to sit down most of the time, not anymore able to walk normal and i need to lift my leg with both hands if i want to move around. Timely your praise program started and i chose to join you and as i continued to praise God and worship Him with all my heart, i noticed that my leg got healed. And now and i can walk again normal, even jumping and dancing are not anymore a problem. I’m so blessed and i love your teachings and books. They are powerful and life transforming. This program help me to connect to His divinity in me. Pastor i’m so thankful for you and for your family and ministry. I thank God that i came across your website as i was searching for violent prayers. I can not thank God enough for you and for His blessings flowing through you. Yes Pastor, i will bless God at all time: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.God is good all the time. All praise and glory belong to Him. Thank you Pastor and may God’s grace increase abundantly upon your life and family. Merry Christmas Pastor!

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