Just a gentle reminder that there is always a reason to offer praise and thanks to the Lord! Indeed, as the psalmist says, “from the rising of the sun to its setting” – that’s all day! – the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Why praise the Lord? Well, for starters, we can recount His goodness to us in the past. There have been situations in my life when there was just no human way that a resolution seemed possible, yet He intervened in such a dramatic and clear manner that only God could have accomplshed it! I must remember these things.
I can also praise Him for the present. I’m alive, so He clearly is not done with me yet. I live in a beautiful part of the world, and today, the weather was so stunning that it nearly took my breath away! The Bible says that every good and perfect thing comes from the Lord, so for all the things that are good and working well in my life, I can (and should!) give Him thanks and praise.
Additionally, I can praise Him for my future, because even though it is unknown to me, it is clear as day to Him. He has a plan for my life (on the other side of eternity, especially), so even when things get turbulent, I can praise the Lord because all things are under His control, and no one or thing can even come close to His power, knowledge, and love.
We can even praise Him for our miscalculations and prayers where He said “no,” as valuable lessons can be extracted from these experiences. I can testify that the Lord has saved me from some absolute disasters by saying “no” to prayer requests that I passionately offered to Him at the time. While we all desire for God to respond to our prayers and petitions in the affirmative, sometimes a firm “no” is the most compassionate and loving thing that He could ever do for us. In my experience, He usually (but not always) reveals the reason why much, much later.
And to borrow a line from the doxology, “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Not just some blessings, but all of them! Indeed, God is so very, very good to us. 😀