So today I want to share another excerpt from the Husbands, Wives, God 52 Week Devotional. It comes from the familiar passage in Psalms 150. Of course it is not a marriage passage per se, but it is such a source of encouragement to keep praising and thanking the Lord.
Job and Mrs. Job: Lead by God—Let Everything that Has Breath…
Praise the LORD.
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise Him with the harp and lyre,
praise Him with timbrel and dancing,
praise Him with the strings and pipe,
praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
What do you have to praise God for? What good things has God done that are worthy of praising Him for? Has He provided for you and your family? Praise the Lord. Are you and your family well-respected in the community? Praise the Lord. Are all of your financial obligations being met? Praise the Lord. Are you in relatively good health? Praise the Lord. Are your children alive and well? Praise the Lord.
If any one of these things applies to you and your family, then there is a reason to Praise the Lord. But what if you lost all of those things at once? Financial stability, 401k, employment, vacation home, and children—all gone in a matter of hours. Could you, would you, should you Praise the Lord?
Contrary to the way in which his wife responded when facing the very situation of losing everything, Job worshipped and praised God, saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
In the bountiful times, in the low times, there are reasons to Praise the Lord. Even if for no other reason than the belief in what God can do for your marriage in the valley, let everything that still has breath Praise the Lord.
Meditations for the Week:
Think on all of the tough things God has brought you and your spouse through.
Regardless of where your marriage is, think on this and then ask your spouse, “What can God still do for our marriage and family?”
Along with Psalms 150, discuss Psalms 146:2, I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.