Praise without ceasing!


Well, the Bible commands us to “PRAY” without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), but have you had anyone ask you to “PRAISE” without ceasing? Jonah prayed and the Lord heard him (Jonah 2:1-2) but after he offered his praises with a voice of thanksgiving, declaring that Salvation is of the LORD, the Lord spoke to the fish that had swallowed him, to release him from his bondage (Jonah 2:9-10). Many times we pray for our needs but seldom do we praise with thanksgiving, before or after its fulfillment. Jesus offered his thanksgiving before He performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand. We are to follow suit as well.

The Psalmist records that seven times a day, he praised God because of God’s righteous judgments (Psalm 119:164). Seven times a day would entail the following: dawn, morning, brunch, lunch, twilight, evening and night. This in other words means “ALL DAY LONG“. Just as we are to pray without ceasing, we are to be praising as well, without ceasing, ALL day long. Let’s not just stop with praying, but let it be accompanied by our praises, for God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). In other words, when we praise, God’s presence is with us and He will command that which is enslaving and drowning us, to set us free. Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6); Praise without ceasing!

Psalm 119:164 (KJV)
164
Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.