PRAISE HIM FIRST

"Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits."

// Psalm 103:2

Sometimes in life, we need to give our souls direction as to where to go and what to do.

There are times when our minds are anxious and busy with thoughts and fears, and times when our bodies are in need of healing. But there are also times of deep grievance in our souls, of unexplainable weight and heaviness deep inside. There is often no explanation for this heaviness  it just is.

I’ve found the fastest and most effective antidote to such heaviness of the soul is to praise God. God delights in a thankful heart; a thankful tongue brings Him much joy! Some may think the very idea of praise as an antidote is shallow, or a ‘quick fix’ to a much bigger problem. But I think the enemy wants us to think that way, so that we’re constantly overburdened and feeling like we have to ‘do it alone’ or ‘just do it’, period.

We actually don’t have to do anything about such a problem, except give it to God, so that He can take the weight from us. Yes, our problems and issues may still exist tomorrow, but we can choose to praise Him again tomorrow, and He can, once again, take the weight.

I don’t know about you, but I live in a world where worry, fear, anxiety, pain, tension, sickness, depression and heaviness are thrown at me every day. I have found that praise, regardless of circumstance, is the cure to prevent this stuff from sticking.

Like it says in Matthew 11, His yoke is easy and burden is light. That’s because He carries it for us – if we give it to Him, constantly.

What if we, as believers, saw the transferring of our burdens to the Lord as the first and most important thing we do, ahead of anything else? What if, daily, we told our souls to praise Him and remember how good He is, regardless of our circumstances?

// Georgie Kelsey