“A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)
The answers to the title question are many and personal. However, the one primary answer to the title question is summed up in the word “Attitude.” Attitude is connected to the condition of a person’s spirit. The individual spirit is either connected to the Spirit of God, or to the spirit of the flesh of man – these two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
When a person is in the position of being un-regenerated (or is not born again from above by the Spirit of God); then his spirit is submerged under the direction of the soul. The soul of an unregenerated person is controlled by the flesh; which means that the desire of the soul is “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15-17). This means that the love of God is not present in that person’s spirit. It means that his nature is in darkness; and he is dead in trespass and sin (Eph. 2:1b-2). It means that his goal is to serve his evil desires, and to do as he pleases at all times. His motives are selfish; and his actions are corrupt – according to the deceitfulness of lust. He moves as if he has no God-consciousness; and all that he has, and all that he can do, comes from his own merits and power alone; God is not in the equation at all for this man. There is no desire to, nor is there any reason to, nor is there going to be any, praise for Almighty God in the unregenerated man.
However, when a person has been regenerated by the Spirit of God, there has been a radical change in the Master of his life. When a person is regenerated, the soul (or the seat of affections) no longer rules and dictates the spirit of that person (Heb. 4:12). When this happens in a person, the Spirit of God takes the place of Master, King, and Ruler. The “old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust” (Eph. 4:22), is replaced by the “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24). This brings an attitude adjustment; not only an adjustment, but a complete change in the ruler-ship of that person – from pleasing self, to pleasing the Savior, Jesus Christ. When this change takes place in the person’s spirit; then his perception of who he is, and Who God is, comes into focus. When the focus is changed from self to God, then the person begins to surrender to God as The Sovereign; to submit to God’s Will for his life; to obey the Written Word of God; and to give his all to endure in the same. Praise comes as breath out of his lungs because it is a natural for a child of God to see that who he is, what he is, and what he has – is all because of the Grace of God, and His grace alone. This comes as easily as breath flowing from his lungs, knowing that God alone gives him life and breath. Therefore, praise comes as naturally as breath comes.
But, then, why is it hard for the child of God to praise God in the mornings? The answer is simple; his eye is on self, and not God and all the benefits God has given to him (1 Cor.15:10).
There is no way a child of God can keep from praising God. The child of God who has experienced forgiveness from God; who stops to examine all the blessings God has extended to him, both physically and spiritually; who has the peace with God and the peace of God; who has the hope of eternal life as a reality, not a hope so, but a know so in his spirit; and who knows that his life and breath and being is from God and is sustained by God – THEREFORE, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THIS PERSON NOT TO HAVE A PRAISE ISSUE FROM WITHIN HIS SPIRIT (AS INVOLUNTARILY AS BREATHING IS) AND COME THROUGH HIS LIPS AS A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO ALMIGHTY GOD.
Child of God, it is not hard to praise God; for it is natural in a regenerated, Spirit-filled person to praise God. Therefore, when you get up in the morning – PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME; for David said, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”