I Choose to Praise [Testimony]

26th AUGUST 2020

Christ for Youth International

“This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it”.[Psalm 118: 24 AMP]

I remember waking up to the voice that usually woke us up each day, subtly serving as both an alarm and reminder for morning devotion. My mother’s humming had now turned into a loud whistle - the joyful kind with the occasional verbal affirmations of what God has come to mean to her; Her joy was contagious. While I jostled myself out of bed, I remembered why the cheeriness in her tone that morning felt too familiar to make sense.

The night before, we had received unpleasant news; we were informed that the building she was putting up to be leased out as office spaces, at a prime location, had caught fire. What had started out as a harmless spark, had led to the destruction of the entire building. And now, in its incomplete state, it had become a bigger cost; the repair of the previous work done coupled with completing the building. It was a heart-wrenching moment to experience; the kind you would hope to wake up from to realise it was only a dream.

So it was not until I heard her voice echo through the morning’s stillness that I woke up remembering that I had expected a quieter morning. Contrary to my expectation, she woke up with the same joy she had the morning before the news came to us. By the time I was out of bed, I could hear the heart-warming screech in her tone when she tried to pitch with the last notes of ‘Then sings my soul…’; nothing had changed. And when asked, she said she never lost her praise, and her problems were not bigger than God.

Bretheren, it is worthy to note that nothing takes God by surprise. Some of the challenges we face do not make sense now but all things work together for our good. At the moment, we would do anything to make the pain go away. Yet we know, however, that our emotions are not even as real as His presence with us. There is great reward in choosing to praise God even in our darkest and loneliest seasons. God sees our plight and knows how we feel and we must never forget that His Grace is sufficient for us.

Let’s take a look at the Hebrew boys in the furnace. We can agree that it made no sense for them to break into worship and exalt God while in the blazing furnace, nonetheless, they worshipped and praised God. And true to Himself, God showed up. This should serve as a reminder that He will be there with us through it all, especially, in our wilderness experience. King David said weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.

The truth and light of God’s Word is all the certainty we need. Everything predestined for our lives will come to fruition, because, we are called according to His purpose.

We need to come to a place of understanding that our joy and praise should not be tied to the success of our businesses, school grades, friendships and relationships.

The limited pleasure of the successes in these areas pales in comparison to the goodness of our God. Our soul longs to praise Him — it is a need, a longing. We must choose to praise Him for who He is and not just for what He has done.

Every day is a fresh page on His canvas. Allow Him to show you the beauty of His works, as you choose to praise Him today.

Father, Lover of my soul, thank You for being aware of me. I know You want and have the best for me. I choose to praise You through it all.

Further Reading: John 14:1–4

Bible In One Year: Habakkuk [2–3] & Zephaniah [1–2]

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