May 20, 2010
Every Day Praise
“Every day I will bless you, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.”
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Praising God every day means that we praise God on our good days and bad days. Everyday praise and blessing of God means that our praise does not arise from our circumstances that vary by the day, but flow from our hearts to God.
David wrote Psalm 145. He experienced days when King Saul tried to pin him to the wall with a spear (1 Samuel 19:8-10), chased him through the wilderness (1 Samuel 26:1-5), and made him fear that he would perish one day by the hand of Saul (1 Samuel 27:1). David also had some truly awful days, full of intentional sin. One day he murdered a righteous man named Uriah (2 Samuel 11:14-25), after David committed adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-5). God dealt with David’s sin by placing all the guilt for those crimes upon Jesus Christ when He died on the cross. Jesus bore not only my sin, but King David’s acts of murder and adultery. The prophet Nathan confronted David about his terrible sin and pronounced that “the sword would never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife” (2 Samuel 12:1-15). David understood the forgiveness of God, even after God took the life of the child Bathsheba bore to him as a product of their adultery (2 Samuel 12:15-23). In Psalm 51, David laments his sinful behavior with Bathsheba, but also turns again to God with praise: “O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare your praise.” David continues: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:15-17). Notice that God said David despised God by committing adultery with Bathsheba. Now David knows that God does not despise him after he has repented of his sin. David praised God after turning from sin, even right after the time that God took David’s baby to heaven (“I will go to him,” 2 Samuel 12:23). Nothing should rob us of our desire to praise God, especially when we turn from sin and endure very hard times. We should praise God every day, no matter what. Some of us should turn to God right now with a broken and contrite heart, which God will not despise. He loves us every day and we should praise him every day.
I am sure all of us find it easy to praise God for the good times and the good things that He gives to us. David emphasized that he would praise God every day, for ever and ever. The habit of daily praise will provide strength and encouragement in both our darkest and brightest days.
Application for Living Today
Praising God every day means that no matter what happens today, I intend to praise God. I will make it a daily habit, even on the days when things go terribly wrong. When I make the biggest mistakes of my life, I will turn to God with a broken and contrite heart. God will never leave me or forsake me. I will repent and then turn from my sin by God’s loving grace. I will ask God to open my lips, that my mouth may declare His praise, every day.