“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Psalm 66:16-19.
There’s a song (Brooklyn Tabernacle?) that has this line in it: “I can’t praise Him enough.”
And it’s true.
Think of how inadequately we praise God.
We make so many assumptions. Yes, there will be hot water in the shower. Yes, the car will start.
But can we be certain of those and many other things? No, we can’t.
God blesses us with good things. Things that work, as they should, are in that collection of “good” things.
Yet, am I verbally giving Him the credit? Often not! I accept things as if I deserved them. I’ve been good. God has noticed and rewarded me. Silliness, for sure.
I deserve nothing. I’m a life-long sinner. I have disobeyed Him from the get-go. My only hope is that He took care of the consequences of my sins. He paid the price I deserved to pay. I am assured of an after-life with Him. What I have on the earth side of my life is terminal. Every good gift is God-given and has a temporary duration.
Knowing that something could disappear should cause me to enjoy it now in an obvious way.
I have been to the Caribbean several times on vacation. When I arrive, I am enthralled by the warmth and the setting. In a few days I settle in to living there. Then as the end nears, I start to specifically enjoy everything that is there.
I need to praise God full-time. Unlike the Caribbean visit, God’s blessings never end. The setting doesn’t matter. I just need to consciously NOTICE what I have and react accordingly.
Conclusion: Your praise must continually be on my lips.