The Wellspring of Praise: Let’s Begin #31DaysofPraise

How could one begin a series on praising God without using Psalm 150 to launch it? Every verse in this Psalm drips with acclaim and honor.

Focusing on this passage of Scripture is a perfect way to kick off my #31DaysofPraise blog post series!

Praise God in His sanctuary.
Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His powerful acts;
praise Him for His abundant greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet blast;
praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with tambourine and dance;
praise Him with flute and strings.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals;
praise Him with clashing cymbals.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Hallelujah!” Psalm 150

The Psalmist says we are to praise the Lord in His places. We are to praise Him for His actions and attributes. We are to praise Him with music and actions. And all living creatures are to praise Him!


Is Praising God Exhausting?

Wow, doing all that sounds exhausting! And indeed it is if we try to do it all in our own strength. We may pull it off for a short time, when everything in our life is going well.

But what about when tragedy hits? What about when the bank forecloses on your house? What about when you’re covered in baby fluids and exhausted to the core?

Praising God isn’t so easy when the junk of this life clings to us, weighing us down.

How can we dance or sing or play the harp or tambourine when we can barely lift our heads?

Praising Has Everything to Do With the Lord

We can’t unless we shift our focus from us to Him! Because ascribing glory and honor to the Lord has nothing to do with our circumstances and everything to do with Him.

Ascribing glory and honor to the Lord has nothing to do with our circumstances and everything to do with Him. Click To Tweet

Nehemiah counseled his heavy-laden kinsmen, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10b).

Habakkuk gives us further confirmation about where our joy and praise come from: “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (3:18). 

Both Nehemiah and Habakkuk knew where real and lasting joy and worship came from: “in the Lord”; “in God my Savior.”

Wellspring of Praise

The wellspring of authentic praise and worship doesn’t come from our own strength or ability or circumstances. It bubbles up and spouts forth from the Lord Himself!

The wellspring of authentic praise and worship bubbles up and spouts forth from the Lord Himself! Click To Tweet

Our joy is “in God my Savior.” Our praise pours forth in Him.

In the joy of the Lord, all our burdens are lifted, our strength is revived, and our worship is deep and rich.

In the joy of the Lord, all our burdens are lifted, our strength is revived, and our worship is deep and rich. Click To Tweet

When we walk in the hope and love and strength of the Lord, all the junk of this world sloughs off and we are free to worship with abandon.

And the cymbals resound an unceasing Amen and Hallelujah!


Reflections: Where, how, or for what do you find yourself most frequently praising the Lord? 

If you like these short devotions on praise, be sure to check out my devotional on Amazon, “Everyday Praise: Walking in Greater Peace.” Just click here! 

Linking up with many 31 Day writers at this month for #Write31Days. Make sure you check it out for abundant inspiration!

And I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “junk we carry around” I love special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the image below or link above to check them out.


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

8 comments on “The Wellspring of Praise: Let’s Begin #31DaysofPraise
  1. Linda Stoll says:

    All I could say was ‘amen!’ after reading Psalm 150 with you. What a way to kick off 31 Days, focusing on Him.

    Glad to have met you at Suzie’s this morning, neighbor …

  2. Michelle says:

    Amen! Powerful and liberating post! #livefreeThursday

  3. Betsy Cruz says:

    So glad to see your 31 Days series, Julie! Praising God brings Him glory and lifts our Spirits too. May God touch many through your series! I’m praising Him for grace and many blessings during a time of many transitions for our family. #LiveFree

    • Julie Sunne says:

      Transitions can be difficult, Betsy, but they can also be exciting as we look to how God is working in them. May you grow in His grace as you are stretched through the changes. Thank you for your prayer.

  4. Sarah Koontz says:

    Great article, love the theme of your #write31days series. You go girl! Sing His praises and inspire others to do the same.

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