Praising God

Psalm 71:8
My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.

My Christianity has taken me on journey through hills and valleys and unpaved, tumultuous pathways. I have seen the best and the worst in Christians and in church organizations. I have felt both safe and unsafe by things taught from the pulpit.

I’ve left congregations because of things taught as law but of which are truly a matter of conscious. I’ve seen where traditions have become rules simply because ideals were passed down through the generations of family within a congregation. Being an outsider is sometimes a blessing.

From the pew, I have been presented with distorted biblical concepts but also given lessons which connect-the-dots and guide me to a better understanding of God with greater love, admiration, and appreciation for Him. I praise God and the Holy Spirit for helping me discern between distortion and truth.

1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

In this season of my life, sadly, I am without a church family. I miss it in many ways but I do not miss the conflict.

Currently, I enjoy the studies and devotions found on YouVersion. This morning I chose a three-day devotional which I completed in one sitting. It is titled “Called Outside Your Comfort Zone”.

The second part of the devotion was about not allowing Satan to steal your praise toward God. It was something I needed to hear.

Praising God should always be first and foremost in our heart and on the tip of our tongue. He has blessed us in innumerable ways. Some blessings we can see but probably most are behind the scenes.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

In this life we certainly have more distractions than ever before. Satan keeps us busy and we are readily willing to comply.

I read a quote this morning by Jon Kabet-Zinn:

Even before smart phones and the internet, we had many ways to distract ourselves. Now that’s compounded by a factor of trillions.

With distractions comes an unwillingness to praise God. Maybe it’s just an oversight and neglect. We are spent from all that has consumed our time and our thoughts throughout any given day. Satan will use whatever he can to diminish our time and desire for worship and praise.

This devotional reminded me that we do not have to be in the best spirit to praise Him. We do not have to be happy in order to give Him thanks. We can praise God through tears of sadness, loneliness, and pain. We can praise God when we are weak, depleted, vulnerable, and even when angry. We can praise God in the chaos of life.

Isaiah 25:1
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Praising God for who He is should not be conditional on how we feel or what we are going through. Even through our brokenness, God sees our heart and loves us.

Praising God strengthens us. It is our connection, our lifeline, between our soul and our Creator. Don’t allow distraction to break your worship and praise. ♥️

Andi

5 thoughts on “Praising God

  1. 100% agree with that! I have only recently in life, realized that is possible to come to God in all times.

    Obviously, just like going to a special event, or for special circumstances, we mentally or emotionally or physically prepare ourselves etc. etc. it’s just how humans work.

    But sometimes you need to talk to God. And you don’t have the two hours necessary needed to do this or that… or maybe it’s not a perfect time because you are driving in highway traffic… Or your heart is not feeling full of love because of some kind of situation… It’s still OK to go to God under these circumstances acknowledging to him that you are aware, my heart is not 100% correct at the moment my God, etc.

    If we only talked to God, When everything is perfect in life and we are perfect Christians. There would be no talking to God.

    And this may seem obvious to some people but this has been a hidden fact from my mind and my spiritual life for 95% of it.

    Thank you for the great blog post just like a child, can come to their father or mother, with a scraped knee that’s bleeding, or dirty clothes because we just got in a fight at the playground with a bully. Or we had a bad dream 😴 💭 etc…A kind and loving mother or father will always welcome and help heal… and take care of their child.

    We need to look at God this way. We need to come to him, when we are not perfect, which is always but, sometimes we think we need to reach a certain level of perfect before we talk to him.

    As the Bible says pray without ceasing… So obviously since this is the case… and life is ups and downs and roller coasters… and disasters and good times and all kinds of crazy circumstances… We have to be in constant continuity with God. Not only approach him in a ceremonial way when everything is “perfect”. This is what I thought for way too many years. Thank you for your spiritual refreshing words.🙌🤍🙌🤍

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  2. Just now reading this and love it because I was lead astray in my relationship with the Lord as a child, in a religion that got so much wrong but finally at the age of 30, through my best friend Kari, I found the true Jesus and an awesome church that isn’t perfect but is a place where the people have been loving and wonderful. I’ve been there now since 1999!
    You’re invited to visit us anytime!
    As a matter of fact, we start a new women’s Precept Bible study this Thursday on Job 😊
    Love you and your writing Andi ❤️

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    1. Michele, thank you so much. You know I write and put things out there never knowing what kind of response I will get. I appreciate you reaching out to me. Please let me know where you attend. I am searching for a church family.

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