3/26: Praise is What I Do. Really?

 

Shekinah Glory Ministry released a very popular album several years ago, the title song of which was “Praise Is What I Do” written by William Murphy (©2005). The chorus of the song says:

And I vow to praise you
Through the good and the bad.
I’ll praise you
Whether happy or sad.
I’ll praise you
In all that I go through,
Because praise is what I do
’Cause I owe it all to you.

Traditional wedding vows boast that we will remain loyal to our loved one, “For better or for worse, in sickness and in health.”

Yes, we’re great with our vows through the good, the happy, the better, and the health. But what really happens in our hearts and minds toward the Lord when the bad, the sad, the worse, and the sickness come along? Is our first reaction that of praise? Is our gut feeling that of trust that God’s got it all under control?

Job gives us a grand example of how a mature Christian should handle hardship. He had no clue about what was going on in the Heavenly realm concerning him. (For that background, read the first couple of chapters of the book of Job.) All he knew was that he was miserably sick and wanted relief. The other thing he knew for sure was that God’s integrity was intact. He says three key things in chapters 13 and 14 that clue us in to how to have a heart in tune with God:

  1. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (13:15)
  2. “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” (14:1)
  3. “All the days of my hard service I will wait till my change comes.” (14:14)

When we can face the reality of hard times and still come away with a positive attitude toward God, we will have arrived at a real place of complete love and trust of Him. That’s when we’ll know we are actually maturing in our relationship with God. There will be no “but – ting” (goats “but”, sheep follow), and reduced “why – ing”.

God loves us and He is ever faithful.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

~ by sanewriter on March 26, 2013.

2 Responses to “3/26: Praise is What I Do. Really?”

  1. There you go again Sharon- doing what they say here in the south, Meddlin’.
    Really? Good question. God is ever faithful and He is worthy of our praise. Thank you for the reminder 🙂

  2. Amen sista!

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