But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
LORD Jesus, we praise You that we can shout for joy because of what You have done for us. We can hope in You, O God, even in the midst of our troubles. Guide us to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You. Enable us to seek You and to do Your will in all that we do today. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
“Shout for joy?” We don’t always feel like shouting for joy, do we? But we are called to rejoice in the LORD always and in all circumstances.
How? Praise Him!
The best advice my midwife has given to me shortly before the birth of my firstborn son was: “Relax!” Now, that’s hard to do when you are in labor pain. It seems impossible! But you know what? The more tense I’ve gotten, the more the pain increased. The minute I willfully started to relax was the minute when the pain became bearable.
Yes, the last thing we usually think of while going through troublesome times is to lift up our hands to praise God. It’s not something that comes natural, but it is something we tell ourselves to do. The moment we start praising the LORD Jesus is the moment when we are enabled to let go of self and focus on the goodness of God.
It’s not easy, I know. This is a gradual progress. Just like learning to control and relax your body is a process, so intentionally praising God while going through hardship takes time to learn. Once learned, though, it will become more and more like second nature and it will bless us each time we are making use of it.
Sing praises to the LORD your God and Savior, and shout for joy.