By: Lisa Wilmore
As we take delight in the book of Psalms for comfort, consolation, and encouragement, we must take note of its example of how to praise and worship God. David declares, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34: 1-4;8).
David’s declarative praise recounts what the Lord had done for him. He testifies of His mighty works of deliverance and answered prayers.
While playing the piano on our recent Sunday morning service, I observed persons praising God for who He is and what He had done in their lives. In fact, there were members of the congregation as well as visitors lifting “holy hands” and giving thanks to God with the “fruit of their lips”. There were those persons who rocked from side to side and used other body languages which showed their expressions for the moment. Others tried to sit and praise Him, but to no avail.
In the midst of praising and thanking Him, a certain member of the congregation began to verbally testify of God’s recent act of kindness to a family member. She expressed how the Lord had “made a way, out of no way”. In other words, she could not keep the Lord’s goodness to herself. Undoubtedly, her thinking about His goodness produced thanking which ultimately birthed her verbal testimony. The songwriter says it best, “when I think about the goodness of Jesus and what He has done for me, my soul cries out, Hallelujah! Thank You for saving me”.
As we go through life, we sometimes face tests and trails. However, it is praiseworthy knowing that we have someone who cares for us and will come to our rescue when we call. In all cases, He is there even before we ask. Who would not praise a God like that?
We must remember that there is power in our testimonies of what the Lord has done for us. Sharing God’s goodness with others would help them and you more than you will ever know. So, continue to praise Him and give Him the glory by testifying of His goodness. Your praise is your testimony.