Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 146:1-10
Key Verse: “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” Psalm 146:2
What is one thing that you look forward to most when you get to heaven? Is it passing through those pearly gates? Is it walking on the streets of gold? Is it talking to the patriarchs or spending time with Jesus?
One thing I really look forward to, besides being in the presence of Jesus, is joining the angels in singing praises to God. For the past few years God has been teaching me more and more about the importance of praising God. In order to be able to sing praises with the angels in the courts above, I need to learn to sing praises to Him now. In Testimonies for the Church, volume 5, we read, “All heaven unite in praising God. Let us learn the song of the angels now, that we may sing it when we join their shining ranks” (p. 319).
When we think about singing praises, we automatically think that we need to have a nice voice. But I believe it’s not about having a nice voice and being able to read music. It is about our heart attitude and learning to praise God in difficult times and in good times. It is all about having a character like Jesus.
We need to learn to be thankful and praise God here if we want to be praising God there.
It was not always easy for me to praise God. At one time it seemed so much easier to see the negatives, to see what was not working well, to see the glass half empty instead of half full, to see only the thorns on the roses. But as I have drawn closer and closer to God, He has been teaching me to praise Him no matter what my circumstances.
Ellen White tells us in the book In Heavenly Places, “Begin to educate your tongues to praise Him and train your hearts to make melody to God” (p. 95). When I understood that, and learned that “to praise God in fullness and sincerity of heart is as much a duty as is prayer” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 299), I started to praise Him when I awoke in the mornings, when I traveled, and when I went to sleep. Thankfully, our brains learn new habits quickly, and now the first thing that comes to my mind when I wake up is praise to our God.
How is it with you? Are you learning to praise God in all your circumstances even now, so that you can join the angels one day in heaven?
Heaven can start here. “The soul may ascend nearer heaven on the wings of praise. God is worshiped with song and music in the courts above, and as we express our gratitude, we are approximating to the worship of the heavenly hosts” (Steps to Christ, p. 104).
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the power of praise that allows us to come close to heaven even now. We thank You that we will one day join the angels in the heavenly choirs above. We pray that You will help us learn to truly praise You here, no matter our circumstances, knowing that You are still with us even in the blackest night and will soon come to take us home. We look forward to the day when we can tell You thank You in person for all that You’ve done for us. Come soon, Lord Jesus! In Your precious name, Amen.