Prayer and Praise
Week beginning: 12th January, 2020 | By Kiki Alo | London
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.Psalm 34:1 (ESV)
As the sun sets on one decade and rises on another, many of us will take the opportunity to reflect on what has been and make plans for what we hope will be.
Whether we're mourning the loss of loved ones, reflecting on difficult personal or professional relationships, or taking steps to gain promotion at work or finally execute that long agonised career move, Psalm 34:1 is a timely reminder that it is right to praise God in all seasons.
God is worthy of our praise at all times and in all circumstances. Just as the Apostle Paul implores us to pray without ceasing (Philippians 4:6), David's vow to praise God continually is an encouragement and a challenge to us.
A posture of continuous prayer and praise helps us to shift our focus from ourselves and the "answers" that the world offers, to God and the ultimate truths:
God's graciousness, mercy and steadfast love for us (Psalm 145:8). His goodness and faithfulness (Psalm 100:5). His offer of salvation to all those who repent and put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Prayer and Praise. May they be our bread and butter today and every day. Happy New Year.
- Thank God for the gift of praise and ask that He would help us to make praising Him a priority – even through challenging times.
- Thank God that He is with us through all circumstances and is worthy of our praise
- Praise God for His goodness, His mercy, His steadfast love and His faithfulness.