I will praise the LORD at all times; his praise is always on my lips. My whole being praises the LORD. The poor will hear and be glad. Glorify the LORD with me, and let us praise his name together. – Psalm 34:1-3 (NCV)
How do you praise God? Have you ever thought about what praising God at all times would be like? What would it be like? Are the poor glad when they are around you? How will you glorify the LORD today? Who will praise his name with you?
The following story is from Leslie Boling a member of First Pres Albany.
My Mama was diabetic and suffered from congestive heart failure. In the early part of 1996 she had gotten to the point that she could not remember if she had tested her blood sugar or if she had given herself insulin.
Her mind was sometimes foggy. My Daddy would not learn to administer the insulin so we came to a point that we had to put her in a nursing home so that she would receive proper medical care.
When the time came to tell her, she was in the hospital and my brother, my parents’ pastor, Harold and I went to tell her. She did not want to leave her home or her husband and was shaken about it at first but then she said, “This will be an opportunity for me to be a witness to someone who doesn’t know Jesus”.
While she was there she befriended many people who were alone, and always poured forth the love of Christ. She died 7 months later, but those were 7 months well spent praising God!
No matter who we are, what we do, how old we are, how young we are, our inexperience or anything else we can praise the Lord at all times, and we must! It is easy to praise God because God is so great, and because God is with us no matter what we can discover reason for joy even in pain. Let us make the world better by praising God at all times, glorifying Jesus by how we live, and watch others rejoice as they see us living in praise and then come to praise Jesus’ name with us!
written by Rev. Garrett Andrew