“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).
Many years ago a magazine related the story of a young man by the name of Ben who had a habit of grumbling and complaining. He complained about the weather, found fault with his family and friends, and allowed even the smallest things to upset him.
Then one day he read this little rhyme: “When you have truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, then you’ll have very little time to murmur or lament.” He realized that his spirit of discontent had made him overlook the blessings God was constantly showering upon him.
Ben determined that with God’s help he would rid himself of this habit. So whenever he became irritated or began to complain, he would stop and praise the Lord for the many good things he was enjoying. It worked! By focusing his attention on praising rather than complaining, he found it much easier to avoid being an ungrateful and grouchy person.
Back in the mid-1970s when I was a youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, we would sing a little chorus that goes like this:
Praise Him in the morning when you see the sun arising;
Praise Him in the evening ’cause He brought you through the day.
And in the in-between-times when you feel the pressure coming,
Remember that He loves you and He promises to stay.
When Bradford, the martyr, spoke of Queen Mary, at whose cruel mercy he then lay, he said, “If the Queen be pleased to receive me, I will thank her. If she will imprison me, I will thank her. If she will burn me, I will thank her. Let God do with me what He will; I will be thankful.”
As Christians, we have so much for which to praise the Lord. Thankfulness and a spirit of praise ought to be the characteristic of every believer. All of life takes on a different hue when we spend our time counting our blessings rather than airing our complaints. It’s time to praise the Lord!