It’s hot today, and I’ve thrown open my sliding glass door to catch a breeze. But because I now live along a busy city thoroughfare, opening my door also means street noise enters my house.
I hear a constant rush of motors and the occasional police siren or booming of a car radio cranked too loud. I hear my neighbor’s drilling and hammering as he works on a backyard project. His two dogs bark at squirrels taunting them from the towering trees between our yards. But amidst the din rises a sound of a completely different type—bird songs.
Sometimes the street noise threatens to drown out the birds’ chirps and trills. Thankfully, it cannot do so. My wee feathered friends are nature’s choristers. God created them to sing, and the neighborhood’s noise cannot silence them.
The birds’ persistent enthusiasm reminds me of the psalmist’s words:
“I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are discouraged take heart. Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness, let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:1-3).
We may feel sometimes as though the stuff of life bombards us like the street noise invades my living room. Worry and fear threaten to squelch our peace and steal our joy. But when our minds are focused on Jesus and His truth rather than on our circumstances, a song rises within our hearts—a song of praise to the One who created us for fellowship with Himself and who promises to be our ever-present strength in times of need.
Sometimes offering a song of praise requires an intentional act, especially when we feel discouraged. It appears the psalmist felt the same way: “I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the LORD.” And then he invited others to join him in doing the same.
Today, my friend, I invite you to join me in offering songs of praise to the LORD. No matter what your circumstances, praise Him for His sovereignty over them, for His faithfulness to you in the midst of them, and for His power to lead you through them.
How can we be intentional? Easy. Every time we catch ourselves thinking or saying something negative about our situation, let’s turn it around with a praise song. Our circumstances might not change, but guaranteed our perspective will.
Are you with me on this? If so, take a moment to list one item of praise to the Lord. I’ll start: “Today I praise God for caring about every little detail of my life.” Now it’s your turn.