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Believers grow and thrive on a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving to the Father. It's our privilege to be able to lift up God each day by expressing our love, adoration and worship of Him. Christianity is not a dying religion but rather a living relationship with God.
As a true believer, we must guard our hearts and walk closely with God's spirit. When we do, we avoid being shaped into the world's mold of doubt and worry. God's word is truth and standing on the word and the promises contained in it will help us to rise above the cares of this world.
Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.
In Acts 16, we read about how Paul and Silas experience many difficulties and how they still chose to praise God in their darkest hour. The two men were violently attacked, savagely beaten and thrown into prison. The authorities ordered the jailer to secure them with great care, so Paul and Silas were put into an innermost cell and their feet placed in stocks.
Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise and thanks to God. A violent earthquake suddenly shook the prison, causing doors to fly open and all the prisoner's chains to come undone. By continuing to bless God in the midst of turmoil, Paul and Silas were able to drastically change their circumstances by bringing God's favor into their situation.
When we choose to praise and thank God, it has a ripple effect on those around us. In the case of Paul and Silas, praise led to freedom, salvation of others, receiving care for their wounds, deliverance and pardon. We have to choose to change our thinking, from dwelling on the crisis, circumstance or self; and let God be our focus. Dwell on God's promises of truth, salvation and victory.
One of the ways to give glory to God is to thank Him for His abundant blessings in our lives. Some of His blessings lay in the people closest to us, our loved ones. We must not let a day go by when we don't express appreciation or thanks to the ones we love. We should do the same for God. There are so many things we can thank Him for. We need to look deep inside ourselves and find the countless reasons to thank the Lord. May expressions of praise bubble up from our Spirit and pour out our mouths.
There are two easy ways to express appreciation to Father God. First, Thank God for what is seen – things like your family, friends, job, health or home. Secondly, praise Him for what is unseen or eternal – like His forgiveness, salvation, love, joy and peace. It says in 2 Corinthians 4:18 we fix our eyes not on what's seen, but on what's unseen, since what is seen in temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Like the Psalmist says, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.