I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2
There are things that people do every day. Some things are the same with most ever person all over the world, such as eating, drinking, putting on clothes, and sleeping. Some things that are done are done involuntarily, such as breathing.
Along with the normal things that people do, there are some things that some do and some do not do. Some people will do some type of exercise every day, such as lifting weights, running, swimming, or some other exercise.
Many have hobbies that they strive to work on every day a little. This can be sewing, reading, writing, painting, or some other hobby.
These things are done either out of necessity or because they like doing it.
David tells God that he will exalt and praise His name every day for ever and ever. Not only will he praise, but will do it with excitement and joy.
One reason many people do a lot of hobbies is to escape the struggles and pressures of this life. Every day there are many difficulties that people must face and so they turn to something to help them cope with it.
Believers can praise God. This turns the focus off the problems and onto God. And the list of what a person can praise God for is endless.
One only has to think about what Jesus did on the cross for him to make him break out in praise to God for His great love and sacrifice. Each moment that a person has breath to breathe is a reason to praise God. There is no end for reasons to praise God.
When life is going good for you and there are no major struggles, praise God. At the same time, when there are struggles in your life that are weighing you down and feel like they are crushing you, praise God.
Make praising God your number one priority to accomplish every day. Seek a way to praise God every hour that you are awake of every day.
The more you praise God, the more you will want to praise God. The more you realize how great God is, the more you will realize how great He really is.
Praising God should be your greatest hobby each day.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s sacrifice for you; that you will know the blessings God has given you; and that you will praise God every day in every situation with great joy.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in the heart! Psalm 32:11
Everywhere a person looks there appears to be trouble. The news is filled with negative events, deaths, murders, crime, suffering, lies, theft, and more. People are walking in fear of their lives, fear of being robbed or killed.
Along with all of the bad news being spread, there are the problems of life. There is sickness, debt, divorce, and more that plague the lives of many people.
Finding something to be happy about appears to be elusive to many people in the world. They look to drugs and comedians to find a place to laugh and be happy. They seek things to remove them from the troubles in this world.
David found a reason to rejoice and be glad with a song in the heart. He had many struggles and troubles throughout his life, yet he would rejoice and sing songs of praise to God. He found forgiveness from God.
Jesus promised every believer that he would have a lot of troubles in this world. There would be pain and suffering, yet, the believer has a reason to rejoice.
Every pain and suffering that a person goes through here on this earth is temporary. It will only last for a short time in light of eternity.
There is one trouble that a person goes through, however, that is not temporary if not dealt with correctly. That trouble is condemnation of sin. It is a death sentence.
The good news is that Jesus has paid for that sin and is willing to forgive and forget that sin. This is of eternal value. Being given the gift of forgiveness is the greatest thing that any believer can ever receive.
Getting forgiveness should cause every person to rejoice and be glad. It should put a song of praise on his lips. It has eternal value, greater than anything on this earth.
Seek out God’s forgiveness for any and every sin you have ever committed. Jesus is right there willing to forgive you, since He paid for those sins.
Now, think about what Jesus has done for you. Let that sink into your heart. Now you have a reason to rejoice and be glad, regardless of what troubles you have in your life. The greatest trouble–eternal death–has been wiped away.
Sing now praises of thanksgiving and worship to the God for what He has done for you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will find joy in worshipping God; that you will be glad in the Lord; and that you will sing songs of praise to God.
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! Psalm 21:1
Usually when a person gets a victory in something, they rejoice in how they accomplished that victory. They are quick to talk about how they did it. Sometimes they feel as though they were lucky in accomplishing that victory, while most of the time, they feel as though they earned the victory.
Those who have been successful in accomplishing victories often feel as though they are strong and can do most anything. The world likes to look at self as the one who can do it, without the help of anyone else. Many will even look down on those who have done a great victory with the help of others as being weaker.
David was a king who had many different victories in his life. There were so many battles won, that people talked about his great victories. Yet, he realized that it was not his strength that won the victories, but it was God’s great strength. He gave God the credit for winning the victories.
Believers understand where their abilities and strength comes from. They do not look, or should not look, at themselves, but towards God. It is God who created and sustains all things. It is God who gives every person the ability to do what he does.
Since this is the case, it is, then, God who gives victory also. It is God’s power working through the believer to accomplish any task or to win any battle.
When Jesus left the earth, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give the believer strength, wisdom, direction and abilities.
Instead of rejoicing or boasting in one’s own strength, the believers should be rejoicing in God’s strength. Man, in and of himself, is weak and will fail, but with God will gain great victories.
As you go through your days, look to God for His strength to accomplish any victory needed. As you win battles in your life, realize that it is God doing the winning. It is God who has given you the strength to accomplish what you did.
Now rejoice in His strength and victory. Let the world know that it was God who did it, not yourself. Let the world know that it was God who gave you strength and victory. This is giving God praise for what He does in and through you.
I pray today that God will give you victory over battles; that you will see God’s strength in your life; that you will know you cannot do anything without God’s strength; and that you will give God praise for His work in your life.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2
Walking down a busy street in a major city, one will see hundreds of people walking. Out of those hundreds of people walking, only a few will be showing a smile on their face, if any are actually smiling.
Very few people go about their day being glad. Usually they are upset about something not going right, or they just don’t want to be where they are at.
It is common to hear people complaining about something all the time in a workplace. The more people that work there, the higher the chance of someone complaining. There is no gladness or joy in their lives.
Despite all the enemies against him and his life always being in danger, David said that he would be glad and sing praises about God. He made a conscious choice to be glad and to rejoice in God. He made a conscious effort to sing praises about God.
The world is not alone in people not being glad. Going to a church one will see many people with sadness in their faces, there is no joy and gladness in their appearance. And these are the believers, the ones who should be full of joy. Ask many people what praise report they have of what God is doing in their lives and most people have nothing to say.
Every believer should always be full of gladness and joy. They have the greatest gifts ever–forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No matter what life gives a believer, he can know he has life, this should put gladness on his face and a song in his heart of praise. He should not be able to stop talking about how great God is. It is a choice to be made.
Take a moment to think about how much God has done for you already. Think about how great His love for you is. Think about what Jesus did for you in the cross. These few things should make you very glad. It should give you an endless list of things to praise about God to others.
As you go through your day, put a smile on your face and be glad. Show the world that you believe in God, that He is in control and you really do have a great life. It is your choice to be glad, choose it.
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will see what God has done for you; that you will have gladness of God in your life; and that you will constantly sing praises of who God is and what He has done.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
Being happy is something that most people want. They seek whatever they can to find happiness so that they may be glad.
The challenge that comes in is that what most people find to make them glad is only temporary. Things can make them glad for a short amount of time, then they get bored with it or it goes away, and so they must find something new again.
Watching people in the workplace or even the public places, there are very few that show any joy in their faces. Life is rough and there is not much that seems to be worth the troubles that this world gives.
David had found the way to be glad and sing for joy, despite what is happening. His prayer was that every person who takes refuge in God would be glad and sing for joy. They would know His protection so that they can rejoice in Him.
Taking refuge in God is trusting in Him. It is going to God for everything. It is knowing that God is in control, despite what is going on.
The great thing about God is that He is not temporary, He is eternal. God will never leave a person. He can be trusted forever. This gives a person a reason to be glad and sing for joy.
The things of this world are temporary and they break down, fall apart, die, fade away, but God does not. This gives every believer great joy in knowing that God is there and will always be there. However, in order to know this joy, one must take refuge in God.
If you are seeking to find happiness in order to be glad and want to sing for joy, take refuge in God. Trust in His abilities and His direction for your life. This is not a temporary thing that will come and go, but He will be there for all eternity.
God will not leave you during the tough times, as the world will do. This can give you a reason to sing for joy, knowing you have God at your side at all times. Hold on to Him through everything and it will be worth it all in the end.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy in following God; that you will find refuge in God; that you will be glad in God being by your side; and that you will know God’s protection in your life.