Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100.
It was recently brought to my attention about the power of praise. Jonah was swallowed by a fish, but it wasn’t until he began to praise and give thanks that the fish released Him to dry ground. Daniel was in a lion’s den, but when He gave thanks the mouths of the lions were shut. You think this is a coincidence. Jesus Himself, “who for the JOY that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Praise and thanksgiving may be the most unnatural thing to do when we are our darkest time, but it is where God does some of His greatest work in our life. Are you hurting? Are you lost in life and have no idea what is next? Are you facing persecution from sinful people? Then praise and give thanks to God, for He is good. His mercy endures forever. He will rescue you, you are not forgotten by Him.