I don't always feel like praising. Last week was one of those weeks. Every day it seemed like something else went 'wrong' causing frustration, weariness, anger, and a general feeling of defeat. There was no major crisis. Just a lot of bed-wetting, crying babies, disobedient children, and a busy schedule.
Sometimes it's the littlest frustrations in life that rob me of a praise-filled heart.
This week I had to choose to praise, even when I didn't feel like it. The Holy Spirit indwells me, He convicts me, instructs me, and guides me into all truth. The truth is that God is worthy of praise. Always. At all times.
In those moments when I feel defeated, frustrated, angry, or just plain tired, I'm learning to stop and praise God for something. Sometimes I have to start really simple, but if I keep going, praising God for various things, more things follow and before I know it my heart has been changed by praising God.
To overflow with praise is to be filled up with the One who is worthy of praise.
If I'm filled up with Him instead of my troubles, I can live a praise-filled life that spreads the fragrance of Christ to those around me.