As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. Psalm 75:9
In the Gospel of Luke (18:35-43), Luke records Jesus’ encounter with a blind beggar on the road to Jericho. The beggar, hearing that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, cries out for Jesus to have mercy on him. Of course, Jesus heals him but the interesting part of this encounter was what happened next. Not only did the blind beggar praise God, but all the people who witnessed this miracle praised God too!
When Christ truly touches your life it is so overwhelming that it is impossible not to praise God. In today’s passage from the Psalms, the psalmist declares that he will sing praise to God forever. As I read this Psalm passage, I thought of the blind beggar and the crowd in Luke’s Gospel. I wondered if their praise was only momentary. Did everyone continue to declare praise to God long after this spectacular miracle had faded into history? What happened to their declaration of praise when Jesus left and they faced the daily routine of their lives?
Needless to say, Luke does not follow up with the beggar or the crowd to record the longevity of their praise. To answer this question all we need do is look at our declarations of praise for God. Do we only praise God when we witness evidence of His grace and goodness in our lives? Do we continue to praise God even when the trials of life linger? As for me, I strive to be like the psalmist and declare my praise for God for a lifetime. How about you?
Don’t let the struggles of life stifle your praise! There is unbelievable power in praise especially in the midst of suffering. This kind of praise flows from deep within and is only made possible by the Holy Spirit thriving within us. Therefore, let your praise flow freely forever for our God is truly an Awesome God!