The Scriptures speaks of rising up early to bless the Lord. Psalm 57:8. The Bible also speaks of praising the Lord late at night. Psalm 119:62. The levites in the time of David ministered before the Lord 24hours a day. These musicians were responsible for the work day and night I Chronicles 9:33. Imagine being on the midnight shift with the duty of offering up continual praise before the Lord! Those men certainly knew what it meant to praise the Lord without any goosebumps.The Lord has called us as a New Testament Priesthood to continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise. Heb 13:15, which is made feasible through the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
The point is that we are to praise the Lord at all times. Psalm 34:1. No matter what time of the day it is, and regardless of where we find ourselves, it is always fitting to bless the Lord. But is it appropriate to praise the Lord in the hard times, when everything is going wrong? The answer resounds from the hills. Yes! The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk gave his remedy for times when everything is going wrong. Habakkuk 3:17-18. A modern rendition of this passage might read like this : though the economy is unstable, and unemployment is rising, though communism may be growing, and terrorism is rampant, though the car is broken down and my wife is stranded downtown, though my kid just broke his arm and the medical insurance ran out, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior!
It is not hypocritical to praise the Lord in hard times. That is precisely the time we need to lift our voices in praise to God! It is God’s will that we offer up thanks in every situation in which we find ourselves.
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