by Jerry Ousley
10/28/2011 / Christian Living
Man did I feel bad! As I crawled out of bed at 3:30 in the a.m. my body ached from head to foot. It didn't help when I stumbled in the dark and kicked the bedpost in my house slippers. Trying desperately not to wake Deb I continued my faltering trek through the darkness of the house to find the coffee pot, pour in the water and get it going.
Why did my body hurt so badly? Am I getting old or what? As I prepared the shower I began to pray under my breath. As I continued the prayer it turned in to a praise session as I thanked God for another day, for life, for a job, for my family and wife and for the honor of being saved. As I did I started noticing that my body didn't hurt as bad. Now some might attribute that to the massaging of the warm water flowing from the shower head and if they are right then I'll praise God for the shower! All I know is that the more I worshipped God the better I felt.
It has become a daily habit now. I still ache when I get up in the morning. Sometimes I still kick the bedpost as I feel my way around in the dark, and yes, it still hurts! But I find that my days go better when I begin them with a good praise session between the Lord and me.
God knew what He was doing when He had David and the other writers of the Psalms fill the book with suggestions and exclamations of praise. The very last chapter of the Psalms (150) is only six verses long and says, "Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!" The writer is telling us to praise the LORD where we gather for service and to praise the LORD out in the open in His mighty Firmament!
Now we don't praise the Lord for what we can get out of it; just like other parts and forms of worshipping God it is all to acknowledge our lowliness and His greatness. It is submitting to Him. It is bowing before the King of kings and giving up ourselves for His will. Praising God means that we are paying Him complements. We are told elsewhere to lift our hands in praise. In these verses found in Psalm 150 we're told to praise Him for all things and with all types of music, dance (which could further be extended to body movement Did you know our daily movements could become a form of praise to God?). In other words everything we do from the type of work our hands find to our leisure, desires, and pleasure should become praise to God.
Consequently, as we praise Him we'll just begin to feel better. It's not a magical formula. It isn't a guaranteed routine or your money back. Instead as we praise God we are thinking more about Him than ourselves and we release those aches and pains, those worries and concerns, the anxiety, anger and hard feelings and as a byproduct of praise we feel better.
Isn't that a great concept? Regardless how much we love or hate what we do for a living, after a long, hard day we are tired and perhaps experiencing sore muscles and hurting feet. We can't wait to get home where we can hopefully relax and recover from the day.
But when we praise God and release ourselves to Him it's like drinking a cup of hot chocolate in the middle of the winter; it just hits the spot. It's like a good back massage after a hard workout nothing more relaxing. It's like a good night's sleep after a long hard day and we can awake refreshed and ready to go again. How about it; want to praise the Lord to feel better?
Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of five books, "Soul Challenge", "Soul Journey" "Ordeal" "The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional" and his first novel "The Shoe Tree." Listen to the daily broadcast Spirit Bread. Find out more by visiting www.spiritbread.com