The blessing of praising God
I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:1-5
From the text, David was determined to lift up his praise to God. He prayed to God for deliverance and He responded. God even allowed him to live a new life. God had lifted him up from danger. In answer to his prayer, God had prevented his enemies from triumphing over him. This blessing from the Lord was tantamount to raising him from the grave, which is exactly where his foes had desired to put him! Once David had reflected on the blessings he had, it made him realize that all these remarkable blessings he was enjoying came from God. He knew he was not alone in this celebration of praise so he called on his fellows believers to join him. All those who call themselves Christians because they have a personal relationship with God should come to gather to praise God for his blessings. His holy name is to be praised for out of His character, blessings flow. His name represents His personality. He lovingly disposed of Himself towards the people. What God accomplished through Christ on the cross has an effect to those that believed in Him not just for a moment but one that will last for eternity. From this relationship included a promise of blessings. If God will not be true to His promise, it will violate His character that He is holy. So every opportunity that comes to praise God’s holy name should be an act that every Christian should be engaged with. Even in times of trial, attitude of worship should not be affected. As David said, “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Times of trials should not make us conclude that God does not care for us. In fact, it is through times of trials we experience more His presence. It was during those times of trials that we find ourselves coming to God in prayer. We realize that we should not be filled with pride but in humility, come to God in prayer for He cares for us. So do not miss out on the blessings of coming together with other believers praising and worshiping Him. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).
Noel De Guzman