Friday: 25th January, 2019
Reference text: Psalm 117
Psalms 117 O Praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
I woke up this morning with a very old hymm ringing in my head: ‘All the earth proclaim the Lord, sing your praise to God’. Therefore, the Psalm today got me smiling and I knew I probably haven’t being giving enough praise to God.
Normally most scriptural texts come with chapters and selected verses owing to the significant length of most of them. However, Psalm 117 being the shortest, can be quoted without any additional gloss. It is interesting to see the length of this Psalm and the brevity with which it’s central message is presented. Its two verses call us to do just one thing: ‘TO PRAISE THE LORD’
When things are chaotic and there’s a lot to deal with at any single time, we just seem to forget to praise. Why? Because praise seems to flow better when we are grateful for something. Praise sounds like a good idea when things are going excellently. In fact, when the lines fall unto us in pleasant places, we automatically develop an attitude of praise; you can call that an innate response. However, praise in tough times is an attitude that has to be developed
I can’t place a finger on why this invitation is thrown to us today, but I am certain there are many of us whom God desires that we put on the garments of praise. Sweetheart, you may not be having the very best of moments right now and even your vision of tomorrow may seem blurry, but the invitation remains the same: ‘All ye people, praise the Lord. And that includes YOU.