“Mechanical problems,” the pilot announced over the public service address system. We’d already boarded and been seated on the plane an hour. My flight was one hour late; I knew I would miss my connection. The reality of my circumstances ground against my plans like fingernails on a chalkboard. I could do nothing to prevent the inevitable. How would I respond? I was reminded of my mom’s advice in times of adversity: “Just praise Him!”
How can we praise God when irritating things happen, our plans are changed, schedules are altered? No matter what, God deserves our praise. When we worship our great God, not just for what He has done for us, but for who He is, there is a great exchange. We can be relieved of stress, plus enjoy fellowship with him and the saints and much more. If we learn to focus on worship instead of worry, it can make things better. Praise brings us into God’s presence and can even minimize our problems. He inhabits the praise of His people.
Really? (You might wonder in a sarcastic tone.) No matter what happens, there might be something to praise Him about? Absolutely, if nothing else, we can worship God and affirm Him of our love, adoration, honor, edification, submission, and commitment. Worship can heal the hurts of this world and give us a glimpse of eternity. Eternity doesn’t seem so far off when we begin to worship God. Affirming our devotion to God and reminding him of our respect helps us with our priorities. He alone is worthy of our worship and praise.
Psalm 145:2–3 says, “Great is the Lord and worthy of praise. His greatness no one can fathom. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty; I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Let’s praise God, our Creator, our Redeemer, and closest Friend. Learn to infuse your day with worship. When you do, you will experience a glimpse of eternity. This eternal perspective gives us hope that faith will be someday fulfilled. Heaven is the place where our worship continues and we will glorify Him forever and ever.
I missed my connecting flight and my plans had changed. My God had not changed. I praised God for the chance to see what He would do next; this helped to focus my mind off my plans and on to His. God’s will for me and for you is to “just praise Him” regardless of how I feel. Praising God helped give me perspective—in light of eternity; my little inconvenience of a missed flight doesn’t really matter. My response to it does. I choose to “just praise Him.”
Let’s pray: “Heavenly Father, we praise you and worship you, not just for what you have done for us, but for who you are. Thank you for being a great God, whose wisdom, grace, power are so worthy of honor. Thank you for allowing us to love you, praise you, worship you. We give you all the glory. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!”