Living A Life Of Continuous Praise No Matter The Circumstances

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   9/3/2012

The past few months my husband and I have been faced with trials ranging from unnerving medical situations, finances, to numerous changes in our families’ lives. Through these months of confronting our trials and making important decisions, God has never ceased to show us His goodness and faithfulness.

I always continue to be amazed at how faithful God is even when I sometimes live in doubt and do not continuously praise Him. The funny thing is that I find myself asking, “Why is it that I am surprised?” “Why do I stop praising Him based upon my circumstances?”

God has used our present situations to reveal how to truly live a life of praise. He continues to show me how our individual circumstances should not dictate whether or not we praise Him. Who God is serves as reason enough to worship Him.

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Paul gives a very clear picture in this verse. The word “always” leaves no room for discussion. At all times, no matter what the circumstance, we all have a reason to praise the Lord.

We have a reason to praise Him for the sacrifice He made so we could have salvation. We can praise Him for how He has met us in our needs in the past and how He continues to provide. Even if we are still waiting for God to answer our prayers in our current circumstances, we still have reason to praise Him.

Paul continues in Philippians 4:6 when he says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” While Paul is showing us here that we have no reason to worry when we rely on God, I think he also intentionally adds the words “with thanksgiving.”

Even when we are praying and asking God to meet us in our needs, Paul says to do so with praise. When we do not just pray and ask for things, but we start by praising and thanking Him for all He has already done, then we keep our mindset on who He is. We should focus on thanking and praising Him before asking for help in our present situations. By doing so, we take the time to reflect on God’s faithfulness and provision.

Later through this chapter, Paul continues to talk about how he has learned what contentment is. He now knows how to be content no matter the circumstances. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty…” Philippians 4:12a.

Paul is showing us that he has experienced times where He has had everything he needs, and he has also faced trials in his life. But no matter the circumstance, he can find contentment as he praises the Lord for who He is and has faith that God will answer his prayers according to His will.

God revealed to me His desire for me to live a life of praise despite the circumstances that surround me. By keeping my life focused on worshipping and praising the Lord for who He is, I am no longer consumed with worrying about my present trials.

Instead, I can praise the Lord for what He’s done and have faith that He will be with me through whatever situations I am faced with.

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