Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
Today’s passage closes out the book of Psalms and reminds us that everything that has breath should praise the Lord. It is a fitting passage to read and meditate upon on today. Why? Because praising our Lord should be as simple and automatic as taking a breath of air!
Psalm 150 starts and ends with the proclamation “Praise the Lord.” Perhaps that is how we should start and end each day of our lives. The gift of each new day deserves our heartfelt praise to our Lord while our surviving the day in a fallen world also deserves heartfelt praise to the One who sustains us.
Praise is the natural reaction of a grateful heart. I love the way Merlin R Carothers puts it in his book Power in Praise, “We praise God, not for what we expect will happen in or around us, but we praise Him for who He is and where and how we are right now.” So no matter what circumstances engulf our lives, we should praise God for who He is; our Refuge, Redeemer, Rock, and Righteous Ruler.
Even in the midst of my worst foggy day, I can always find something for which I can praise the Lord. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease does take its toll on me every day but God is always good and gracious. Somehow He works these foggy days to my good. How could I not praise Him for His goodness and grace in my life!
On this spectacular day, find some special time to praise the Lord for all He is, for all He has done for you, and for His persistent presence in your life. He is worthy of your praise and He is always pleased when you praise Him in the midst of your most stringent struggles. Therefore, let your praise flow as easily as you take a breath of air.
Praise the Lord today!