Psalm 95:1-5 (ESV)
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Let’s face it. It’s a lot easier to sing songs of praise to the Lord when things are going well in our lives.
But what about those times when we, or a loved one, are struck with hardship such as illness, or the loss of a job or income, or the loss of a loved one? How do we make a joyful noise to the Lord in those times, in those times when we find ourselves thinking, “What am I supposed to do with this???”
To praise God in the midst of our hardships is to remember His Name and His attributes:
merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6)
His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136)
He is unchanging (Hebrews 13:8)
He is great, righteous, just, upright, holy, awesome (Psalm 111)
nothing is impossible for Him (Luke 1:37)
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13)
Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23)
God is love (1 John 4:8)
… just to list a few.
Make it a practice to praise God each and every day, not based on the circumstances of your life, but based on who He is and His name as revealed to us in Scripture. This is the call to us in Psalm 95:1-5, to praise the Lord.
Gracious Father, reveal to us Your Name and Your character that we may ever praise You. Help us to look beyond the circumstances of our lives and see You in Your glory and Your majesty, knowing that You are before all things and in You all things hold together.
In the precious name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.