At All Times pt 7

Praising God all during the day is a great way to live our lives. Waking up in the morning with thankfulness in our hearts to God will set the right tone for our day. When we sit down to eat we should thank Him for providing for us. We should praise Him for our jobs, our families, and every good thing in our lives. Philippians 4:4 in the Amplified Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!”

In this verse Paul says not once, but twice, to rejoice in the Lord. It must be important if the greatest apostle to ever walk the earth felt the need to say it twice in one sentence.

However, we know that some days it can be difficult to praise God. What do we do on those days?

First it’s important to know why we have days, or sometimes entire seasons, like that. When we go through times where we have difficulty finding something to thank God for, it’s because our focus has shifted from the goodness and infinite ability of God, to the temporary pain and disappointment of our circumstances.

Look at Philippians 4:4 again. It says to rejoice in the Lord. That means whether our lives are going great, or it seems like we’re taking a nose dive straight to rock bottom, we rejoice in the Lord. Our circumstances shouldn’t be the reason for our praise. God is always the only reason and the only One we should praise. When He is the purpose of our praise then we can always rejoice in Him. We only have a hard time praising Him when we’ve made a habit of praising our situation instead of Him.

However, nobody is perfect, so there will be days where finding something good to thank Him for will be difficult.

Philippians 4:6 tells us how we make the right adjustments: “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.”

This verse shows us that not only do we give our cares and anxieties to God, but we also let Him know what we need. This isn’t a desperate begging, though. This is praying while thanking God for providing even before we see the results. We can do this because we believe that He’s already given us everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

The result of rejoicing and praying is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When we’re rejoicing in the Lord and praying with praise and thanksgiving, knowing that God is our source, we open the door for His peace to surround us and sustain us.

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