“Getting Rid Of Conditional Praise”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 34:1-3 TLB
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name.
Back in 2006, the movie “Facing The Giants” came out and was a very inspirational football story. One of the scenes shows the coach, Grant Taylor, talking to the team and explaining that they will start praying and praising God at the end of each game, whether they win or lose. This sets a great attitude for the team as they focus on God being their source of strength no matter the outcome of the game.
As I read this passage in the Living Bible translation, the words “praise the Lord no matter what happens” stood out to me and reminded me of the scene from the movie. I thought about how it is so easy to praise God when things are going well and the outcomes of different situations of every day life are good. However, when things turn out bad or don’t go the way we had hoped, it’s often harder to continue to lift up praise.
I admit that I am very bad about this conditional praise many times in my life. It is so easy for me to praise Him when life is going well. However, when bad days come, I’m not praising Him so much. Rather, I’m complaining and grumbling. I’m trying to be better about this, but it’s a weak area for me.
In order for me to be a better witness to my wife, kids and others in my life, I need to improve the way I react to situations when bad things happen. I need to have an attitude of thanks when life is good and when life is not so good. I need to have constant praise in my life each day, no matter what is going on.
How about you? Are you praising the Lord no matter what happens in your life each day? Are you focused more on the aggravations of what is not going well or are you finding ways to praise God no matter what is happening? It is hard to do!!! Not an easy task at all.
We need to have an attitude of praise always. Whether we feel we are winning in life or losing, He is God and is always faithful. His goodness does not change in our bad days. Does this mean we can’t be discouraged? No, we are human and we have bad days. We just need to work through that discouragement and realize that things will pass and we need to keep our attitude in check and continue to give God praise.
We should never be conditional with our praise. God deserves our praise, no matter what.