Yes, I was one of those people for a while. We only gave praise in church. It wasn’t necessarily from being grateful all of the time…it was because everybody else was. That’s religion. Following the traditions of men.
God knows the difference. Because He is so full of mercy and compassion He has a way out for those that are “trapped” in that. He encourages us to get to know Him. To have a personal relationship with Him. For when we do that…the false stuff leaves.
I used to be one of “them.” People who were uncomfortable with giving thanks and praising. I want to tell you that there are a lot of “them.”
They are that way for several reasons and I do not know them all. I do know that I came from a little church of another denomination; and praise was serious but it was quiet. I do not ever remember my pastor saying anything about giving thanks to God a lot, but I’ll bet he did. I was just a kid and I didn’t know much. Looking back, I am thankful for those people that kept that little church going. They changed my life! They were Germans surrounded by a huge African American population, They ran out and embraced the two neighborhoods that surrounded the church. Souls were snatched back from the pit of hell! They were rejected much…but they persisted! I am so thankful for that! Thankful to God Almighty!
As a small child, every time that I had a problem or my family had a problem…I went to God. He always answered. I am forever thankful.
God brought me through some calamities, protected me from certain danger and in my darkest moments…He sent light!
I ask you to take a moment and examine your life; I am certain that you have had moments when only God could intervene. And he did…and you were grateful…but did you forget? You see all of those times that God stepped in and saved or spared any of us…should be part of the core of our praise. Another part of the core of that is our awareness of the great love that He has for us.
So…we all have the very roots necessary to be able to sing and shout and praise him. There are more reasons than there are stars in the sky!
Psalm 28:7 –The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.