“But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.“–Psalm 115:18
We associate preaching, praying, singing, and giving with serving the Lord, but have you ever thought about praise as a ministry? You should! It certainly is. Read this entire Psalm and you will see that those who without God, who do not know God, will laugh at our calamity and mock our faith in the God they cannot see. It is times like these that call for songs of loudest praise. When others are doubting we need to declare our faith in God and praise is perhaps the best way to do that. When it appears that we have nothing to be thankful for there is great power in praise.
We should do so for two reasons–what He has done and what He shall do. According to vs. 12 faith looks in two directions– to the past and the prospect. Our praise should be prompted by retrospect and prospect. As the Psalmist said, “The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us”. Doing this not only awakens our adversary, it will get God’s attention and bring God’s aid. It will bring blessing to those who are burdened. Let this promise inspire you to hope when your situation seems hopeless–“trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.“(vs. 9). “Praise the LORD“!—HDS