It really pays to give praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus. Yea! I know you’ve probably heard this before and it may sound all spiritual, I get that. But when you have had a personal experience with the blessing that followed before, during, or after praising The Lord, you know exactly what I mean when I say it PAYS TO PRAISE! Some of you may be wondering where is he going with this praise business? If so, I’m glad that I have caught your attention.
Several days ago I was talking to my brother, correction I was complaining to my brother, about how it feels when people take you for granted. It seems like when you go out of your way to help people these days, they often do little or nothing to show their appreciation. That’s when the Holy Spirit reminded me what’s written in the Bible …
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.
Jesus knew that in this life there would be injustices and if you’re not prepared to deal with them, be prepared for a world of hurt. I knew better then to allow my emotions to get the better of me. Yet, it took a moment before I yielded myself over to the Holy Spirit whose still, small voice said, “What’s stopping you from giving thanks to The Lord? For praising God in heaven for all He’s done for you?” I wasn’t expecting that but never the less I immediately started giving thanks for His mercies, His grace and for His forgiveness of my sins. I asked God to please forgive me for focusing so much on myself and thanked you for empowering me to get pass this “blind spot” that I created for myself. (Speaking of “blind spots,” I’ve got a great post coming out on that soon.) And, I noticed that my mood shifted from woe is me to unspeakable joy.