Today, however, what I really want to focus on is something that came from one of our spiritual leader's sermons that piqued my curiosity and I had to try it for myself. I have added it to my routine which includes daily prayer, reading the Bible daily and regularly attending worship in a that beautiful little church with other Christians of like faith. Also included is my leading of adult Bible study before church, something that enriches me beyond the words I can use to describe. But the offering of outward praise out loud and in the form of a song which comes from the heart. It is something that is routinely discussed in the Bible but is not likely carried out today by many due to their hesitation about loudly proclaiming their subservience to God, although it certainly does not need to be done in a public setting. It is a personal thing, a part of your communion with God on an individual basis by proclaiming your joy for His love, devotion and grace.
It doesn't matter if you have a melodic voice or if your words are fit for a Sunday service, no, it just needs to be coming from your heart and God will love it. Giving him your praises from the privacy of your home is just fine, but I am fortunate to live on a rural homestead where I can sing his praises in the beauty of an awakening morning as I feed the horses in the barn. And, as I admire the splendor of the eastern sky coming alive, I sing out loud "Praise the Lord." I might repeat it several times before continuing on with the things that I want to praise Him for and all of what I sing about are praises to Him, not requests for anything. Another time is appropriate for that.
As far as the music and the words, I create them as I go. It's spontaneous and from the heart and sometimes I even surprise myself by what I come up with. And could there be hunters in the woods who hear me? I have no idea and it really doesn't matter, for God is deserving of a daily praise just for the fact that I woke up in the morning. The point is that He is the Creator and Master of all of us and we need to recognize it and never fail to forget to praise Him. So, I am now adding "Praise the Lord" to my list of things needed to keep my heart open and receptive to the Holy Spirit and my connection to the Lord. From here on out it will be, prayer, Bible reading and study, worship and praising the Lord. And just from the short period of time I've been doing this I can say just like the title of this commentary says: "Feeling Low or Feeling High: Praise the Lord." If you are feeling low it will lift you up and if you are already feeling high, it will lift you even higher. Praise the Lord. Amen.