Grateful Praise. In Psalm 103:1-5 (AMPC) the Psalmist encourages us to reflect and praise God from the depths of our hearts. There is a dimension of praise called grateful praise. To be grateful is powerful enough, but when you add gratitude to praise, it is something totally different. It means that you should get to a time where you pause and acknowledge and bless the name of the Lord for all that He has done for you.
We are often too busy for God, we only praise Him when we go to church or when God confronts us with a situation that reminds us of where we used to be. One of the things we have to understand is that this kind of praise calls for deep reflection, it is a personal call to think deeply and thank deeply. A lot of the time people who do not understand this dimension of praise miss out on a lot of things. Grateful praise proceeds from you to God after a deep reflection and evaluation of your life and seeing how much God’s grace has made a difference in it.
When you find yourself driving on the same road where you used to run to catch buses, or you realize that you are married with kids when marriage alone seemed like a farfetched reality. When you walk into the same building where you searched for job opportunities as a seasoned consultant. When you realize that you would not be where you are today if it wasn’t for the grace of God.
So it is important that you get to the point where you think deeply about your life and how far God’s grace has brought you. And when you think deeply it puts you in a position where you say “Lord I am grateful”. The beautiful thing about this is that it is not just going to be an activity for you it will become a lifestyle.
An excerpt from the sermon by Pastor Timilehin Mogaji on Wednesday, December 14, 2023
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