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It happens to me at least once a day, especially this time of year with our Arizona monsoons......I am driving or walking and I see something in nature that makes me stop everything for just a moment and breathe a prayer of praise.
It's a natural and spontaneous reaction that happens when you know that there is a God who is behind it all, and that even nature itself cannot help praising God. When I lift my hands or say, "Thank you God," for a beautiful sunrise I am simply echoing what all of creation is already doing; praising our Creator for continuing to extend His mercy for one more day. Another day to hope, to believe in Him, to thank Him for His marvelous works and for our redemption.
One of the best reasons I can think of to praise God is because Satan absolutely hates it when we do. It's like throwing cold water on the wicked witch of the west. He simply can't succeed in anything he does when we are praising God.
The Bible has much to say about praise and not once does it say to praise Him only when things are going well. It just says to praise Him because He is worthy!
"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble." Psalm 59:16
When Satan came before God's throne in order to stir up trouble for Job, I believe he thought his victory was a shoe-in and that Job would surely cave in to despair and give up on God. But Job knew that whatever he was going through, it didn't change who God was. He knew that in spite of everything, that God still loved Him; that for God to allow such grief there had to be a very good reason for it.
If you are despairing today, God has not left you. He has promised to be with you and see you through...
Another reason to praise is that we will be doing it throughout eternity, so we might as well practise now!
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" Revelation 5:13
Can you picture even the animals bowing their heads or lifting their paws in praise to their Creator? It could happen! How cool would that be?
Can you think of a time when it was very difficult to praise God and you did it anyway?