Bless God!

Blessed be the LORD forever. Amen and amen. Psalm 89:52 NRSV

What an amazing statement! The psalmist praises God after a long list of complaints and tough questions. Nothing was the way he thought it should be.MP900443595[1] The throne of David’s line was overturned. The crown was defiled. The walls of the city were in ruins. The army was defeated. The enemy taunted and insulted the people of God. Worse yet, it looked like God was ready to walk away from those called to be God’s own.

Surprisingly, as the psalmist nears the end of his prayer, he pleads one last time for God’s help. Then he utters these words of praise, “Blessed be the LORD forever.” That tells me praise is possible in every circumstance!

It is always right to give our thanks and praise!

If that’s true, then praising God is not what we do when everything is going our way. It’s something we can do in times of want and need. It’s something we can do when challenges overwhelm us, and even when everything comes crashing down.

MP900430564[1] No matter what the circumstance, we are to do what the psalmist did. We are to fall on our knees, bring our questions, our complaints, our petitions and our pleas to the throne of God.

But that’s only the beginning. Psalm 89 didn’t end with a desperate cry. It ended with a proclamation of praise. The psalmist affirmed his faith in God.

This was not a fair weather follower of God. This was a man who lived by faith, not by sight. This was a man who clung tenaciously to his God. He blessed the Lord, not because everything was going right, but because he believed in God. More importantly, he continued believing in God, even in the depths of despair. So he prayed, he petitioned, and then he gave God praise!

Cling tenaciously to God, and give God praise!

The question is, will we walk by faith or by sight? We would do well to follow the psalmist’s example and praise God, even in the midst of the storm. Jesus taught that too. When his disciples asked him how to pray, he began by hallowing and honoring the name of God. He didn’t even wait until the end of the prayer!MP900442982[1]

Acknowledging who God is, and honoring our Lord in our hearts is key. Let’s never forget to give God the praise and honor God is due in every circumstance!

Blessed be the Lord our God!

Prayer:

Great God, you are great, and greatly to be praised. Yours ways are right, and your love is steadfast. Help me to live by faith, not by sight, and to always give you the praise you are due!

Amen.

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