To praise the lord with your whole heart is the most selfless act you can expeience in your life. Sometimes our prayers contain a bit of selishness, even if the asking is on behalf of others.
On the other hand, praise is a gift that is freely given in adoration of the awesome God. It demands a reverant attitude of the body, a focused mind, and energetic emotion from the heart, and a submissive spirit. Our songs and words are sent out with no expectation of getting something in returrn. Praise is an expression of uncondition love.
No other words in the Bible capture the sense of abondonment we all feel at some point better than these. They are not an immature complaint of “Why don’t I have more money,” or “Why can’t I be happy?” Instead, they are a cry from the very depth of our being- ” Why have you deserted me?”
Jesus shouted these words at god when he hung on the cross centuries after they were written (Mathew 27.46)
So can we. God doesn’ t mind honest anguish and doubt. What he wants from us when we experience great pain is for us to hand that pain to him – even if we feel like God isn’t there.
Do you ever feel like a sheep? sheep are known as being dumb and rather dirty farm animals. Because they are not able to properly take care of themselves, they need a shepherd. The shepherd doesn’t blame the sheep for being dumb, not is he offended by their dirtness.
We all feel dumb at some point in our lives. we probably all have felt “dirty,” too. Our shepherd is the Lord himself. He has placed us in the safe pasture of his care. He loves us perfectly in spite of our imperfections. God forgives the dumb things we do and cleanses our dirtness.
In the times of our greatest distress we can trust in this promise: God hears our prayers (Isiah 38.5). While we weep with frustration or agony, God captures our tears as they fall. He carefully collects our sorrows and holds them close.
With his great patience, God has noticed the times we have strayed from his path and have stumbled on the rocks. And yet, no matter how weak or pitiful our words may seem, God does not forget the cries of those in need. Remember the words of the psalmist – You protected me from death and kept me from stumbling (v. 13).