I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33
Merlin Carothers authored a powerful book entitled Power in Praise. This book is not for the faint at heart because it postulates that we should always praise God no matter what our circumstances. Merlin Carothers buts it this way in his book:
Praise is based on an acceptance of the present as part of God’s loving, perfect will for us. Praise is not based on what we think or hope will happen in the future. This is an absolute “law,” clearly observable in the practice of praise. We praise God not for what we expect will happen in and around us, but we praise Him for who He is and where and how we are right now.
Praising God is a way of life for the true believer. It is Scriptural and therefore spiritual. Today’s Psalm passage puts it perfectly, “I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” The Psalmist reminds us that as long as we live and breathe, we are to praise our Heavenly Father. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it! No matter what our circumstances may be, we should praise God.
Perhaps you think this is just too tough to accept because your circumstances are far too difficult and despairing to offer praise to God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Romans 8:28 reminds us that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. So if you love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, no matter what your circumstance may be, God works for the good for you. That in itself is reason to praise God!
No matter what your circumstance may be today, praise God for who He is and where and how you are right now. God loves you dearly and He is worthy of all our praise no matter what is going on in our lives. Make praising God a daily habit! If you can do this, then, like the Psalmist, you too can declare that you will praise the Lord as long as you live.