Good Monday morning! Sorry for all you folks enduring the fireworks season, one more week to go for you. A circumstance pushes us toward making promises of future praise. As in, I will praise You Lord when the circumstance is fixed. Like the gambling investors of old, we like to promise praise when our ship comes in. Faith, on the other hand, moves us to praise our Lord right here, right now, no matter what the circumstance is in the moment. We praise our Lord in the circumstance, but not necessarily for the circumstance. We go over this often because it's so dern hard to do!
We like to imagine Heaven and the new Earth, and we say that in that day we will be such a saint of praise and worship. Faith tells us to start now. This life is but the boot camp before eternity. What we do here is learn and practice what we will do for eternity. Of course it will be so much easier to praise God when He makes all things new with sin banished forever and temptation tossed into the lake of fire. Learning to praise our Lord in the now is a mission worthy of our effort and His. It is His effort too because God helps us in all sanctification efforts. That is if by 'help' we know that nothing will we accomplish without Him. Yes, things in this present darkness may not appear worthy of all praise, but He is!Enjoy our Independence Day week!