Praise the Lord….

Many times we wake up – groggy, slow moving, or just having that “I don’t want to get out of bed” feeling. This morning was just that for me. I’m a little tired and can’t get started for the day.

Then….I turned to Psalms for a little uplifting message. Not expecting to find anything to get me going quickly, I was somewhat surprised in how God helped me out immediately!

I came upon Psalms 146:1-4: “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”

Last night, our VBS lesson was about “Focusing on Jesus,” not on the world. The disciples lost focus during the storm while on the lake two separate times (Matthew 8:23-27, 14:22-31). During the second time, Peter asked Jesus to command him (Peter) to walk on water. Jesus did, and Peter walked on water until he lost focus on Jesus. We also need to stay focused in all that we do and praise the Lord for He is worthy of praise.

Then I thought of the current song Undignified by David Crowder (the students will recognize this one):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aokWlnJ4d0

“I will dance I will sing
To be mad for my King
Nothing Lord is hindering this passion in my soul”

Suddenly, my day was brighter with this very uplifting and upbeat song. But I thought, “When was the last time I had NOTHING hindering my passion for praising the Lord?” This really hit me hard as many times I do allow things (even other people) to hinder me from praising the way I really feel I should. I’m going to use this song as a reminder to me to praise the Lord without hinderance.

But this call to praise the Lord also brought with it an encouragement to me as it lifted me up to begin my day. The Psalmist already communicated in Psalm 104:33 to sing praises to God as long as we live. Why don’t we start everyday with a song of praise to the Lord?

I enjoy listening to music, so on my way to work I listen to contemporary Christian music on the radio. It’s a great way to start my day; sing praises to the Lord today!