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Friday “Walks”–Praising God, Anyway

Photo Credit: P. Booher

The past couple weeks brought unwelcome news into my little world. I took my car into the garage and told the mechanic how it was acting; he checked it out, and told me all indications are the car needs a rebuilt transmission. My heart sank; even though I was thinking the transmission might be the problem, I hoped I was wrong. We do not have public transportation in this area, so having a reliable way to get from Point A to Point B is a definite need. I asked friends and a prayer group to pray for my transportation needs.

Things are rather bleak on the job front, too. Despite sending applications out and going on some interviews, I don’t have a job—yet.

While thinking about all this, I heard the Lord say, “Praise Me in the bitter and the sweet.” 

When I practice this, my circumstances don’t overwhelm my life. They are still there, but praising God means I’m giving attention to Him, lifting Him up and downplaying my circumstances, whether bad or good. I’m not sunk by despair nor puffed up by pride. Praising God—putting my eyes on Him—allows me to live on a more even keel.

“Praise Me in the bitter and the sweet.”

Some Scriptures: Acts 16:22-27; I Thessalonians 5:18

Update: I had the car towed to a transmission shop; it does not need a rebuilt transmission. Instead, diagnostic equipment showed a cylinder misfiring badly. The shop suggested a nearby auto repair service; that place found the car needs the valve cover gasket and spark plugs replaced. What a relief! What could have been a $2,000+repair melted into a $295 repair! Thank God!

Lessons learned:

  1. God can squash mountains into molehills.
  2. Things are not always what they first seem!

Scripture: Ephesians 3:20

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A Sacrifice of Praise

“By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13, verse 15, KJV.

I’m not happy with some of the circumstances of my life right now.

Some kind of virus tackled me a couple days before Christmas, and I still feel lingering effects, and the other day at work I overheard something that’s not the sort of thing an employee wants to hear. Plus, the news in my country is unsettling, to say the least.

This morning as I prayed I gave God a “sacrifice of praise”. A sacrifice  means a cost is involved; it requires giving up something–often time or money. A sacrifice of praise means praising God when it’s hard, when you don’t feel like it. It’s easy to praise or thank God when things are going well. For me, the sacrifice here is to give up my feelings about my circumstances and praise Him anyway. I praised God for His goodness, His care, His sovereignty–all attributes which don’t change, regardless of what else changes.

I have no guarantee my circumstances will improve the way I want them to; giving a sacrifice of praise isn’t to change the things that are bothering me. But praising God during difficult or uncertain times changes me. I view the circumstances differently because I see them through the filter of faith in God Who is good no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, God Who is bigger than my circumstances.

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD….” Psalm 150:6 (KJV)

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