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Let Your Voice Sing!

Hello everyone! Olivia here. I wrote this post a couple of days ago, so just to give you some context in the post. I hope you all enjoy it :)



Have you ever wondered, “How often should I praise the Lord?
Why should I praise the Lord? How do I praise the Lord?”

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Let me begin with a little story. Last week, I woke up late.
I was supposed to be at work for 8 AM, and I woke up at 7:25.
I definitely didn’t have time to walk, and I still had to eat breakfast and get ready. I was quite frazzled, and I didn’t feel like going to work.
I just wanted to stay home and have a nice, home-y day, working on school and hanging out at home.
But I knew I had to go. I scarfed down breakfast whilst messaging my best friend, and I was all frazzled and anxious.
She said she was praying for me, and then ended up sharing a few verses with me.
One of them was the following:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
   his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”

I thought, “I have a reason to rejoice. God has saved me.
I can rejoice in His salvation today, at work, even despite my feelings.”

A great reason to rejoice, right?

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We all have bad days. If you’ve never had a bad day, I would be very surprised… and skeptical xD
On those bad days, it’s especially hard to praise God and rejoice in Him. You don’t feel up to it, and you just want to be alone for awhile and cry, or let someone comfort you.
I know the feeling, believe me I do. But it’s in those times especially when it’s hard to rejoice that you should rejoice.
Praise God in the bestest of times, and praise Him when it’s hard. Even if your voice is all weak and trembly, cracking here and there, and you can’t get out two words without bursting into tears, it’s healing. Praising God during the hard times helps you to focus on HIS grace and mercy and love rather than focus on your problem or bad day or whatever you’re struggling through.

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It’s pretty easy to praise God when you’re excited, right? You just want to jump up and down and thank Him a million times and sing at the top of your lungs worship songs. I think I can find a verse to help fit this moment ;)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
   break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
   let the hills sing for joy together...”
So let your voice sing for the Lord all the time! Even if it’s just in your heart, or from your mouth, or just praying praises to the Lord, or praising Him in your mind, you can praise Him anywhere.
And we can praise and thank Him for what He has done for us, for Who He is. He is so merciful, loving, forgiving, kind, just, compassionate, and so so much more.
He died for our sins, on that cross, taking the punishment that we so rightly deserved. When I think about it, it’s just so amazing. Doesn’t it make you want to praise Him all the time? I hope it does!

I realize this post is a little messy… It also is almost 12 AM (when I wrote this. I'm now posting it and it's not 12 AM :P ), so I’m going to leave it here for now, and
I hope you guys got the jist of what I’m saying xD

See ya all next time! And until then, let your voice sing to the Lord!

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