“From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised” (Psalm 113:3 NASB).
A dear friend of mine, Stottler Starr, who was greatly used of God, recently died of cancer. The last year of his life was a time of great suffering, yet he seemed completely content with his situation.
One day, his wife was helping him to the bathroom because he could barely walk. She heard him mumbling under his breath.
As she leaned in, she heard him singing hoarsely the old chorus, “It’s amazing what praising can do. Hallelujah!”
It makes sense. If we are in a right frame of mind about reality, we should be giving thanks to God and worshiping Him ALL DAY LONG, in every circumstance.
The apostle Paul reminds us, “Rejoice in the Lord always,” and, “In everything give thanks” (Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
The psalmist in Psalm 113 follows this command with the rationale for unceasing praise. I should be constantly praising …
“The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens” (v. 4).
His Uniqueness and Holiness
“Who is like the LORD our God . . .?” (v. 5).
“. . . who is enthroned on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?” (vv. 5-6).
“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people” (vv. 7-8).
“He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children” (v. 9).
There is not a moment today, in every situation and any environment, where we should not be praising the Lord. Try singing under the events of your day today—all day—and see what God will do!