Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Ps. 100:4)
AS I ARRIVED HOME IN AN ICE STORM, my car kept sliding when I hit the brakes, and crashed into our second vehicle. “Oh nuts!” I groaned, examining the damage. “Both cars! This is going to cost a fortune.”
My son heard the crash and came to investigate. He smiled and said, “Just praise the Lord, Dad!” He was repeating a line from my sermon, and now I needed to practice what I preach. It’s one thing to praise the Lord in a sermon. It’s quite another to praise Him in a storm.
Chastened, I waved both hands in the air and said, “Well, praise the Lord, anyway!” We laughed, and somehow the whole situation seemed brighter.
I believe the adage, “Prayer changes things.” But here is a truth even greater than that: Praise changes things.
Most of all, praise changes my perspective and attitude. I can’t whine, complain, or stay gloomy when I’m praising the Lord.
After reading books by Merlin Carothers, my friend Judy started thanking God for everything. I tried to correct her theology, telling her that not all happenings are heaven-sent, but she just kept praising anyway.
On further reflection, I realized Judy’s approach didn’t hurt her a bit, and certainly made her pleasant to be around. I know a few folks who could use a good dose of that.
Just praise the Lord anyway.