Get Your Praise On

For my recent birthday, my daughter Samantha gave me a wooden plaque on which was written “Get Your Praise On.” It is placed in a prominent spot on the wall where I get dressed every day.
Each day we make choices as to what garments we will wear. We can wear tattered, smelly, dirty garments or we can wear garments that are intact, fresh, and clean. What we wear usually indicates our recent involvement and activity.
In the realm of our spiritual life we also make choices each day as to what garments we will wear. We will be putting on a garment of irritability or we will step into the pants of forbearance and patience. We will put on glasses that magnify all the bad stuff, or, seeing things as they are, we will turn our focus on the good things of the situation and look for that which could be a solution. We will put on boots that we will use to carry us through the muck and get us out to the other side, or we will use those boots for kicking others who don’t fit our way.
The Bible says, speaking of Jesus, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
It also says he will give us the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Because of the goodness of God, and what Jesus has done for us, we can all remember that we have had “close calls” but came out on the other side. His word tells us he has angels encamped around us for our protection.
No telling how many times we have been delivered from bad situations, and we did not even know it. That is a good reason to put on that garment of praise. We all have good things in our lives. Jesus taught that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The devil is not out to do us good, but God is a good God, and he is out to do us good. For that, we can give him praise.
We have the privilege of believing on Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, for the fullness and direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives, for healing in our bodies, and so much more. For that we can be clothed in praise to him. Whether we take or leave what he offers is up to us, but in all he deserves to be praised.
We praise restaurants, fun activities, and each other. God is deserving of praise above all. So each morning when we put our clothes on, we should always remember to “Get Your Praise On.”

Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at jackiecalhoun@gmail.com