“I am afflicted and in pain. I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving. And it will please the Lord better than an ox” (Psalm 69:29,30,31).

It’s easy isn’t it? To praise God when things are going as you think they should? The real test comes in the face of adversity. This quickly clarifies one’s motives. The psalmist elects to praise God simply because He is God and worthy of praise. We should note that the psalmist ranks this praise as being of greater value than any animal sacrifice. While some would seek to bargain with God in their time of trial, saying, “I’ll try to be more sacrificial; I will do more religious things,” such attitudes reflect a shallowness of thought; that God is some kind of heavenly “sugar daddy” that can be paid off to make our troubles go away. Our difficulties don’t make him any less God, and he is still worthy of praise.

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