In sports, we seem to try to lift up our teammates by praising what they’ve done right as an encouragement to them. We cheer for them when they’ve done good and tell them it’s okay and to keep going when they’ve messed up. When they see the mistakes they’ve made, it brings their spirits down and can get them in a slump. That’s when we need to point out the good that they’ve done to get their focus right and usually their game will improve.
The same mentality can be applied to our lives. We don’t need praise about OUR good attributes and qualities, but we need to praise God for all He does for us. Problems, health issues, and trials will come into our lives many different ways and at all different times (sometimes simultaneously)! These things seem to choke us as they begin to encompass our thoughts and moments, but the key is to get our focus off of self and onto HIM.
Ephesians 5:19-20 exhorts us to use psalms and hymns to make melody in our hearts! And then we are to give God thanks for all things. If we start naming the smallest blessings and details that God takes care of, we will soon find more to thank Him for than we have time to name! Reading through Psalms is always a great encouragement in getting us to praise God. And singing hymns, while really thinking about the words, can bring our hearts to thankfulness to God for who He is.
It’s so easy to become overwhelmed. Make it a point today to turn your focus on God. “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high” (Psalm 7:17).