Many mornings throughout my childhood, I was awakened to blinding sunlight as my mom sang “This is the Day”. In response, I would groan, hide under the covers and wonder where she got that annoying joy from each morning.
Now, as an adult and a mom, I realize it’s a choice. More importantly, it’s a discipline. In my experience, it’s much easier to vent in search for sympathy rather than to think about my words or attitude.
King David in Psalm 34 declares:
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
We see David practice this discipline throughout his writings in Psalms. What would it look like if praise was always on our lips?
He goes on to to invite the afflicted to join him. What? I’d like to think I am one to practice praise and thanksgiving. In reality, I’m more prone to do so when or if things are going well, rather than in the midst of affliction.
When I complain, I’m inviting others into my misery. I’m rarely considering how I can invite them to praise.
Author, Greg Ogden, states, “If we see praise only as giving God compliments, then we miss the everyday nature of praise. Enjoyment spontaneously overflows in praise. We go to an enjoyable movie and speak its praises. When my wife and I take a Sunday-afternoon drive on a spectacular day, we keep saying to each other, ‘Look at that.’ Praise not only expresses our joy, it completes it.”
As for me and my house, we will praise the Lord. May we be complete in Him.