Hebrews 13:15 talks about the sacrifice of praise. I think maybe Psalms does, too, depending on the version you use.
We used to sing a chorus about that. "We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord." I always wondered what that meant. How is praise a sacrifice. I realize the Lord is honored by it, but it isn't a difficult thing to do... right?
Well, then life got tougher. And I remember being at church, feeling so low that the last thing I wanted to do was sing. I wasn't angry at God, but I was broken-hearted and it felt like too much effort to open my mouth and join in the happy tune. But I did. I joined in less than half-heartedly. And as I sang, something strange happened. The burden began to lift a bit. The joy seemed to invade my heart just a bit. It had been very difficult to begin the song. It had been a sacrifice, but God always blesses our sacrifices.
The Bible also says that God inhabits the praise of His people. He lives there. Think on that a bit. One of the best things for me to do when I am having a hard day, a hard week, or just a bad moment, is to praise Him. Or at least click a button and listen to someone else praising Him. It never fails. Not once. My situation doesn't necessarily change, but God moves in -- He lives in praise -- and lifts my burden.
This is my last post on the subject - for now at least.
Keep praising! Don't let the times, the circumstances or your feeling dictate your response to our great God.