Faith & Life: Are You Always Wearing the Garment of Praise?


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Are You Always Wearing the Garment of Praise?

Praise Should Be an Integral Part of Every Christian’s Life

by J.M. Troppello


I love to praise God. I’ve always enjoyed my times of praise and worship, whether in church or during my personal time at home. I think praise and worship should be an integral part of every Christian’s life.


“We should always be wearing the garment of praise, not just waving a palm branch now and then.” – Andrew Bonar

This quote from Scottish minister, Andrew Bonar truly resonates with me. I love the following verse from Psalm 146:2. I truly feel the same way as the Psalmist did. I want to praise God with every breath I take.


While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
(Psalm 146:2, NKJV)

Now, I admit, that I am not praising God all day long. I’d never get anything done. However, there is a way to live in an attitude of praise all day long. When my mind wanders while I’m working, I think about God and thank Him for all that He’s doing in my life. When I’m cleaning the house or washing dishes, I like to listen to praise music on my Spotify playlist or I listen to a sermon from one of the ministers I follow on YouTube or Spotify. Even listening to a sermon can fuel my attitude of praise and worship.


I don’t usually include an entire chapter in the Bible or whole Psalm, but Psalm 34 is an excellent example of maintaining an attitude of praise in your life.


I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
(Psalm 34, NKJV)

In verse one, David said that he would bless the Lord at all times and that God’s praise shall continually be in his mouth. He urged the people in verse two to magnify the Lord with him. He wanted everyone to exalt God’s name together.


God is good. I can attest to His goodness and mercy in my life. He is worthy to be magnified and exalted. Are you always wearing the garment of praise?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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