The world-changing power of praising God for who He is
It’s easy to find fault, harder to find something to praise. And we are deluded into thinking that if we find fault with something, and get others to agree, we’ll feel better about it. But we don’t!
Then someone enters the conversation with a different attitude. Pointing out what is good. And the atmosphere changes.
I was standing outside on a cold November day in a long line waiting to get my booster jab in a pop-up vaccination clinic. People in the queue were chatting and some were saying that the organisation was much worse this time. Most surgeries weren’t doing it and it was difficult to get slots online. Having to wait in line is a worse experience than turning up for a timed slot.
But then someone seemed to disagree. We had the opportunity of the pop-up clinic arranged just a few days before. That reduced the wait, by weeks in some cases. We were in line now and the queue was moving, slow but sure.
The whole atmosphere over this conversation changed. Others expressed thankfulness for this new opportunity. We could see there was humour and goodwill among others in the line. Everyone started to feel more positive about getting their jabs that day.
One of the best known Psalms urges us to take this kind of position about God’s goodness:
Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:4-5 NLT