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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When should we Praise God? (Psalm 66)

As I read Psalm 66 last night, I saw this heartfelt praise for God over a victory. But then I thought, "How do I do at praising God in a defeat?" And then I was personally convicted.

It's easy to praise God when I see Him working, when He delivers me from the hands of my enemies, when He provides for me, and when He answers my prayers.

But what about during the other times? What about when I don't get my way? Should I still praise Him then?

Psalm 66:1-2 [1] Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; [2] Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious.

As I meditated on this Psalm last night, I was immediately convicted because there are times when my way isn't God's way and I don't praise Him in that instance.

In fact, sometimes when I am defeated, I turn away from God and pull back like a spoiled child.

But thankfully as I have grown in my faith, those times don't last for long. Almost immediately I remember God's way is always better than my way.

He is the One who created all things. He is the One who defines right and wrong, determines life and death, sets the planets, sun, moon, and stars in the sky. He is the One who gave me breath.

As I remember God is on the throne, not me, I also remember that He died for me. He patiently extends me grace and forgiveness when I turn back to Him after realizing I'm being self-focused rather than Christ-focused.

Lord, In good times and bad, sunshine and rain, pleasures and pain, let me always be praising and honoring Your name.

Lord, I am nothing without You. You are the One on the throne, not me. You, are the Lord of my life and You alone deserve all of my praise. In Jesus' holy name I pray. Amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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