In the dictionary it’s just as simple as showing approval.
But in the bible it’s “todah” and synonymous with words like “magnify”, “extol”, “bless”.
We have even been given examples of HOW to praise.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Easier said than done…
I don’t know about you but there are days… you step in the muck and all the sudden you are neck deep in depression. It sneaks in like a thief… like the sin of yesterday’s post, it’s lurking at the door and it ambushes you. It is like sin. It wears the mask of depression. And I know it. But the dark.
So how does one “make a joyful noise” when one is deep in the muck? When one has been ambushed? And every sound you hear is critical, negative, nasty, harsh? When all the words you hear tell you that you are wrong, need to change, are ugly, not worthy? Depression.
Today, this is how I am doing it…
I can’t seem to MAKE the joyful noise so I listen…
SO MUCH OF THIS:
And I read:
1 John 3:1
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God: and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Luke 6: 20-21
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said:
Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
And still, I will have to work at this joyfulness…
Because once this, like sin, disguised as depression, has gotten a foot in the door, it is not as easy as reading a few words, no matter how great, or listening to some songs, to defeat him again. I will remind myself throughout the day that I am worthy because God has called me worthy, he created me worthy. AND I will be grateful for the day I have been given.
A bit raw today… still, my prayer is that it gets to the person it was meant for.