Scripture Reading: Psalm 9:1-3

The power of praise is not always appreciated when all is well with us. In reality, it is hard to praise God when one is in a difficult situation; but it is in situations like this, that the power and efficacy of praise are manifested in extraordinary ways. God once took somebody up in a revelation and showed him two churches where he (God) was being praised. The first church was in great prosperity and they were praising God in thanksgiving for all his blessings to them. The man receiving this revelation saw Jesus on his throne and he saw that Jesus was happy with their praise and thanksgiving in appreciation for how much he blessed them. Of course, that is what the Lord wants. The Lord appreciates it when we come back to say thank you for blessings and miracles. You remember in the gospel where he healed ten men, only one came back to say thank you Lord, and Jesus commented thus, “There were ten men who were healed; where are the other nine?” why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?”(Luke 17:15-16). So this first church did what the Lord Jesus wanted. The second church was also seen praising God just like the first, though poor. The man was surprised because he could see that this church though poor, and in great difficulty and could still praise God in thanksgiving with such intense love in their hearts. As they continued praising God, the man saw that Jesus became so moved in heaven that he stood up from his throne raised his hands toward this church, and the man saw that tears were running down the face of Jesus. Why? Despite their great sufferings and difficulties, they did not see the Lord as a wicked God who did not care for them; instead, they loved him with all their hearts. Jesus could not stand it as he was moved to tears beholding his brethren as they worship the Father with such love.

Beloved in Christ, the same thing happens when we take our eyes away from our poverty, sicknesses, pains and sufferings to spend quality time in worship and thanksgiving to our God, not just for what he can do for us or what he has done but because of who he is. When you praise God for who he is, he does amazing things. He shows more of his love and tender mercies upon you. In Verses 1 -3 of our references, the Psalmist says, “I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all your marvelous w orks and wonderful deeds! I w ill rejoice in you and

be in high spirits; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High! When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before you.” (AMP) If we understand the Psalmist here, we would see that enemies were surrounding him but as he praised God, he rose up against his enemies, who turned back and stumbled. In 2 Chronicles 20, Jchoshaphat and the people of Judah turned to God in praise in the face of war and before they could get to where the enemies were the Lord had fought for them and destroyed all the enemies. St. Louis IX of France says, “Give thanks frequently to God for all the benejits he has conferred on you that you may be worthy to receive more ”.

Prayer Points:

  1. Spend quality time today to praise God with everything that is in you.
  1. Praise God for every situation in your life and family.
  1. Praise God for the wonders of his works.
  1. The Psalmist says, “I will wake up the sun to praise you O God, I will wake up my cymbals to praise you. At this moment, command everything around you to begin praising God.
  1. In thanksgiving, appreciate the good Lord for all his mercies around you.
  1. Thank God for the years you have prayed for the fruit of the womb.
  1. Thank God for the years you have been praying for life partners, and or the disappointments that you have been having.

Exercise: Put any amount of money in an envelope (white); drop it into the offering vessel in your Parish as a mark of thanksgiving to God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 145:1