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Reasons to Praise

Like a lot of Christians, I have gotten in the habit of stopping to pray before I eat. Praying before a meal is supposed to be a time of acknowledging what God has given me and thanking Him for His generosity. To be honest though, I usually treat it as something to get out of the way before I can start my meal. I rarely actually take the time to be thankful.

In Psalm 147, the writer tells us to praise God. This is more than just muttering a prayer before a meal. Christians are supposed to actually take time to praise God for who He is and what He has done.

The psalmist gives us two reasons why we should praise God. The first reason is that it’s fun. God delights when we admit our weaknesses (Psalm 147:11). His delight brings us joy, so it is a pleasant experience for us to give Him praise. The second reason we should praise God is that it is fitting. His character is worthy of our gratefulness and our adoration. He has given us good things because of the goodness of His heart. Even if God never did anything else for us, salvation alone is reason for praise for all of our days.

When we sit down for a meal or start singing in church, let’s fight the temptation to go through the motions. Instead, let’s take the time to be grateful for God’s blessings.

Reflect:

  • Is there any area of your life where you are just "going through the motions" with God? 
  • What are three things in your life that you are grateful to God for? Take a moment and thank Him.
  • As you go through your day today, take time to notice God's gifts to you and thank Him for them. 

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