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A Reason to Praise

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  Psalm 34:1 CSB

Photo courtesy of morguefile.I remember thinking, I want to be like her.

As a twelve-year-old girl, the beauty radiating from the woman behind me mesmerized me. With hands held high and a joyful smile on her face, she swayed back and forth in a dance-like motion. I knew staring wasn't polite, but I couldn't take my eyes off her. Curiosity made me wonder what it was that led her to rejoice. Never in my life had I witnessed someone praise the Lord so passionately in church. She was joyful, unbound, wild, and free.

Twenty-five years have passed since I watched that woman, but I still remember it as if it were yesterday. Even now, my flesh begs me to wonder what brought about her praise. The truth is I will never know—this side of heaven—what the story was behind the woman's vibrant display of worship. It could have been anything.

Not knowing the reason behind the woman’s praise reminds me I don’t have to be circumstantially motivated to praise the Lord. Circumstances can change quickly—from pleasant to painful in a matter of minutes. Praising the Lord when things seem bleak is difficult. Praising Him when things are good is easier.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. This verse encourages us not only to praise the Lord in the good times but also to praise Him all the time.

Despite what may be going on in our lives, one thing is sure: God doesn’t change. We can count on Him to be merciful, good, kind, gracious, and loving. These truths alone are motivation enough for His praise to forever be on our lips.

Praise the Lord every day. You have a reason.

(Photo courtesy of morguefile.)

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Kelly Basham

Kelly Basham is passionate about pointing others to the nourishing truth and wisdom found in God’s Word. Kelly lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband Brandon and their two college-age children. When she isn’t writing, you’ll probably find her working on a new arts and crafts project, hunting for vintage accessories, or planning her family’s next visit to the mountains. Read more from Kelly on her blog, Blossom in Faith. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Thanks for sharing the word you give me something to pray more about. I realize that sometimes when I face rough patch I draw back but it's getting better now.

  2. This so good. I realized after reading this that I usually praise God more during the not so good times. I praise him the good but for some reason its been magnified when I'm in a rough situation. Thanks for sharing?

  3. Awesome devotional! Praise God!