Pastor Kent 8/2018

Worship Matters August 2018
I heard the story about a little boy who said to his father, “Let’s play darts. I’ll throw and you say “Wonderful!'” We all love to receive praise. But so does our Heavenly Father. Over the last few months we have been looking at praise. Last month we looked at why we should praise. Now we will look at when we should praise.
In James 5:13 it says, “Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” First of all, we should praise when we feel like it. There is never a wrong time to praise our Father in Heaven. Second, we also need to praise even when we don’t feel like it. If we only praise when we feel like it, then it becomes emotionalism. Emotionalism is when our emotions dictate our response. True praise comes regardless of our emotions. Praise should never be emotionalism, although it is emotional. God created us to be emotional. And praise is a way of showing those emotions. I can remember when my mother was fighting cancer, and was in pain one night. I know she did not feel like praising, but she began to praise the Lord anyway. And as she lifted her voice in praise the pain began to subside and she was able to sleep. Even in the valleys it is good to praise the Lord.
Third, early in the morning is a great time to praise. In Psalm 57:8 the psalmist says, “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” I have found that my sweetest times are found in the morning before my day gets started. It is in those times there is no distraction and I can fellowship with and praise my Savior! In the night time is also a great time to praise. In Psalm 119:62 it says, “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” The Levites were known to spend twenty-four hours a day in praise to the Lord during the time of David. What a job! To work the midnight shift praising our Lord and Savior!
The key to this is that we are to praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1). There is never a bad time to go before your Father in Heaven and praise Him for who He is and what He does! Even now as your reading this, take time to praise Him! I know He is waiting!
Yours in Worship,
Pastor Kent Wilson