Echoes From the Campfire

Listen, you only have to listen.  There is music on the wind.”
               –Louis L’Amour  (The Key-Lock Man)

     “He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves.”
               –Psalm 107:25
What is the issue confronting your today?  Are you feeling ill, sick, is disease hanging over you?  Maybe you are under a cloud of despair for one reason or another.  Whatever it may be, God is in charge.  You do realize that don’t you?  If so, then praise Him in spite of it all.

          “I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.  Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;  And His greatness is unsearchable.”
                    –Psalm 145:1-3 (NKJV)

If we truly believe that God is in charge then we should be able to praise Him even in the midst of dire circumstances.  God designed us to praise Him.  Remember, God’s glory is more important than our well-being.
     One thing that I have seen over the years is that too many Christians attempt to make their lives into something they were never meant to be.  Then they blame God.  I heard recently, and not for the first time, that you can be anything you want to be.  No!  Not so.  God gave us different gifts, talents, and personalities.  The toe can’t be the head, etc.  Each person must seek Him to find what they are to do in life and for the Kingdom of God; then go about the work of doing where He placed with a praise in your heart.  A reason that people get in the doldrums and plod along is that they have never know real joy and the fulfillment that God intended because they seek their own way, not God’s.
     Again–God designed us to praise Him.
          1) There is the necessity of praise.  If we don’t praise we are repressing what we should duly give God.  The repression of praise, like the repression of any natural, God-give drive, will cause in our life serious difficulties.  (Brown)
          2) We have a command to praise.  Praise is an act of obedience to a God who is in charge.  Paul says we are to “Rejoice always!…  Give thanks in everything….” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18).  God will not tell us to do things just for the fun of it.  He does not delight in asking us to do foolish things.  He always has a purpose.  Obedience to God, especially when we don’t understand, is perhaps the highest of all possible virtues.  (Brown)
     If you in a difficult situation, start praising.  Try it and see who is really in charge.