Psalms 146:1-2         

        Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

When I read this Scripture I see joy, happiness, and laughter, small children playing in the rain --> fun stuff, no responsibility!

It is only when I recall that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3) that I see the power and the deliverance of God and recognize the truth of Revelations 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."  I see the obligation Believers have to offer praise to God so that we might become one with Him.  And I understand a little better how the walls of Jericho fell in response to the shout of praise as Israel encircled it the seventh time on the seventh day (Joshua 6:15-20). 

I also see David dancing "before the LORD with all his might" lost in praise as the Ark is carried into the city of David (2 Samuel 6:14).  Offering praise to our God is no small thing! 

Psalms 61 (KJV) reads: To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalms of David. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. (2) From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (3) For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. (4) I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. (5) For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. (6 ) Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations. (7 ) He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. (8 ) So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.  

Verse 8 seems to imply that by praising God, David is made able or strong enough to carry out his daily duties. We know of David's life and how he praised God in the midst of all his troubles. There is the time "David encouraged himself in the LORD his God" when his wife and children were taken captive along with the families of his men, and his men thought of stoning him.  After what I gathered to be praise and worship, David received direction from God and led his men to recover all that had been taken.

Psalms 50:23 tells us, "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." This seems to confirm that praise is the secret to blessings. When I think on what Psalms 22:3 really means (If God inhabits the praises of His people, and God cannot be defeated, then we cannot be defeated!)  I understand the victory that comes with praise, and I convince myself that no matter how tired or distressed, or how great the obstacle I will always find time for praise.   

(For more insight on Praise, see Issue #2, Opportunity, of Notes to the Family.)

/ WL/ SS