“Praise the Lord from the heavens; give praise in the heights. Praise Him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts.” Psalms 148:1-2
Giving praise to God means to honor, extol and worship Him. And we do this all day, every day, for every situation we face.
Now I know this sounds crazy. Why would we praise God for something difficult and unwanted in our lives? Why would we thank Him for a job loss, a serious illness or the break-up of a marriage? These are all difficult, anxiety-producing, frightening experiences and not very praiseworthy. Why would we be expected to praise Him for these uninvited and seemingly hopeless situations?
When we face difficulties in life, the first and most important thing we need is a friend to hold our hand and offer a shoulder on which to cry. Someone or something to offer us comfort and solace for the pain and fear we feel. We know we’re not alone, that while this person may or may not be able to change the outcome of the situation we face, they assure us they will never leave us. And if we ask, they will bring us new resources to manage the stress we feel and the situation we face, for this person or entity possesses miraculous powers to do anything.
God is this entity. What God invites of us is a relationship with Him, which we enter into each day through prayer and supplication. As we come to trust and believe that He has the desire and the power to help us, we see He is always with us, even in the most dire situations we face. Now that is certainly something to praise and admire.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.