“I will sing praise to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 104.33).
That is, as long as I live here on the earth, I’ll sing praise to my God. There are two disciplines required for an attitude of praise. This attitude is highly prized because it is beautiful and content. That is, it is an attitude to be emulated. So, naturally we ask: How do we gain this beautiful, contented attitude of praise that is displayed in Psalm 104? We must learn to sing the way the psalmist did.
We must memorize and then meditate on God’s Word.
We need to be washed in the water of the Word. We need to think and meditate on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Think about the fact that God thinks about you. The Bible says that His thoughts concerning us are more in number than the sand. You cannot speak of the Lord’s work in your life if you neither acknowledge nor remember it.
We must press on in life with a holy discontentment.
It’s one thing to fear God and keep His commandments. It’s quite another thing to fear God, keep His commandments, and be glad about it. We cannot be satisfied with life until we are satisfied in the Lord. We won’t reach higher ground if we never try to climb toward it. Don’t be content with where you are spiritually. Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37.4). If you truly seek the Lord, you will praise the Lord.
We have great privilege and position as children of God. We will find our hearts glad and lightened if we meditate on His creative, providential, and redemptive works. Our minds must turn to Christ throughout each day we exist.
“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You” (Psalm 63.1). Praise is not something you work up. It’s never genuine that way. It’s a reflection of a heart that truly mediates on our God’s person and work. Praise is Heaven’s language; we must learn how to sing praise to God!