[From Lauris Shepherd, one of our Elders]
It’s always good to praise the Lord, but it is particularly critical to do so when I don’t feel like it. It helps me get my focus off of myself and/or the circumstances and back on Jesus and the fact that He is faithful and mighty to save.
To willfully praise Him at such a time, I find it very helpful to use prayers recorded in scripture. One of my favorites is found in I Chron. 29:10-13
10 So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
11 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
12 “Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
13 “Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
Let’s join together in giving much praise to God this week (whatever your circumstances and feelings).