“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalms 57:7)
The child of God must have it settled in his or her heart that no matter what, they will sing and give praise unto God. We are instructed in the Book of Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
There are times when we just don’t “feel like” praising or giving thanks unto God. This is why it is called the sacrifice of praise; because even when we don’t “feel like it,” we praise Him anyway. David says in Psalms 9:1 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”
It is evident that David had it settled, or fixed, in his heart; for he says twice in this verse of Scripture, “I will.” “I will praise thee” and “I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” But it first must be a matter of the heart. If your heart is not in your worship, praise, and giving of thanks, then it is fruitless. I am reminded of what Jesus told the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 15:8-9:
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Do you, dear reader, have a heart that is fixed on singing and giving praise to God?
“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” (Psalms 104:33)
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:19-20)
David says in Psalms 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Why was David glad when it was spoken to him to “let us go into the house of the Lord”? I believe he was glad because the people of God came to the House of God to have a Hallelujah! To have Spirit-filled time in the Lord! To give Praise and Thanksgiving unto His name!
Look at what the Psalmist David says in Psalms 22:22, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
Whatever situation, whatever trials and tribulations, you are faced with – I encourage you to give praise and thanksgiving unto God.
Offer unto Him the Sacrifice of Praise, and watch the Power of God as it becomes manifest in your life.
Is it settled? Has your heart been fixed?