We were in the car, heading off to her weekly swimming lesson, when my five-year-old daughter broke out in this joyous, made-up-on-the-spot song:
I love my mommy!
I love her so much.
She takes care of me.
She feeds me yummy food.
She takes me places I need to go.
She doesn’t leave me alone.
She plays with me.
She teaches me.
She makes school so fun.
She is the best mom ever…
On and on and on she went, and I’ll admit it: With each line, my heart swelled a little more. Oh, I know I’m not “all that”…but in HER eyes, I am! And it was really nice to hear her singing my praises.
- It reminded me how much she truly loves me.
- It made me feel appreciated.
- It thrilled me that she was so sincere in her thoughts that she just couldn’t help but sing them out.
And then it hit me.
How must our God feel when we sing praises to Him?
When we can’t help but shout about all the great things He’s done for us?
When we list off all the people and things we’re thankful for?
When we tell Him everything we love about Him?
When we acknowledge that He is the BEST?
In God’s case, He actually deserves all the praise we can give Him, and it must warm His heart to hear His thankful children giving glory and honor to His name.
So…when was the last time you just couldn’t stop telling your Father in heaven what you love about Him? How long has it been since the list of what you are thankful for was so long, that it far outweighed all the things you asked Him for? I know I need to do better about that, and this experience motivates me to try.
Let’s make it a point today–and every day–to let our hearts and mouths overflow with praises for the One who does everything right.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.