When Will You Praise the Lord?

Psalm 146:2: “I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to praise the Lord when everything goes well. However, we haven’t gone to heaven yet. We still live in an imperfect world.

What happens when things don’t go well? Two weeks ago, I learned my former neighbor has cancer again. Fear and dread entered my heart. I thought back to the first time she went through cancer treatment and cried.

She and her family probably faced the same emotions I did.

I went to the Bible and saw this verse. My best option is to praise God in advance for answered prayer for my former neighbor.

If she survives, she will sing praise to God all her life on this earth. I will sing praise to God with her.

If she receives the ultimate healing, she will sing praise to God in heaven. I will praise God that she will never suffer again. When I die, I will join her in heaven to sing praise to our God.

What about you? Will you praise God if your friend or family member receives a diagnosis of a life-threatening disease? Will you praise God when you face other difficulties?

What if you can’t find a job or your best friend moves a thousand miles away? Will you still praise God?

Dear God, please help me praise you as long as I live in the good times and the bad ones. Amen.

Application: In what difficult circumstances will you praise God this week?

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