Making praise a habit

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

Psalm 150 (NIVUK): “Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.”

In today’s study, Selwyn writes: “Let’s review what we have been saying over these past few days: there are many reasons why we praise God, not the least being the fact that when we do, we increase our awareness of His presence in our lives. How is this so? Because the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. …

Can I ask you to determine right now that you will make it a daily habit to spend some time in praise of God? …

If we do something for thirty days it can establish itself as a habit. What is wrong with establishing a habit that enables us to turn our minds towards the Lord and give Him praise, which He so wondrously deserves?”

You may recall that Selwyn has stressed the point that we will find it difficult to develop a habit of praising God if we depend on our feelings to determine when we offer praise to God.

It would be a good idea (if you don’t already have a daily praise encounter with our Lord), to establish a time, or a place or a daily event which will trigger a praise session between you and God.

Try to do it for the 30 days of June; the 1st of June is next Wednesday, so that gives you some time for prayer to work out, what method you might use, that will initiate genuine praise. After thirty days, and help from the Holy Spirit, there is a very good chance that you will establish a daily habit based on praise for God.

Sound like a plan?