SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?”-Exodus 15:11
Praise to then Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration
Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth, shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, if with His love befriend thee
Jesus never downgrades our troubles or compares us with anyone else. He never tells us, “If you think you have trouble then you should see the trouble your neighbor is having.” No, He cares about each of our needs as if we were the only one on earth with a problem.
However, He also know how miserable it can be for us when we wallow in despair. He has given to us the perfect way out of the prison of trouble; it is the very key that unlocks the door to the cell of loneliness, frustration and self-pity. It is called praise. This goes deep against the grain of human nature that the very idea really does sound ridiculous.
Praise and thanksgiving smack middle of trouble sounds almost like, well, just weird. But nevertheless, some of the greatest miracles and blessings have been born out of this simple yet effective solution. There are more examples in the Bible that i can count where praise has dulled if not completely erased trouble.
David seemed to be a magnet of trouble but through it was born most of the book of Palms. Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for doing good and preaching the word of God. If anyone had the right to feel sorry for themselves it was Paul Silas. But instead of crying out about their troubles they began to pray and sing. The earth began to quake and the jail doors open. The jailer was about to commit suicide but stopped after he was told that none of the prisoners fled. He and his whole household became believers all because of the act of praise
Prayer point: Praise God for who He is.
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS