Isaiah 12:1-6 - When Is The Appropriate Time To Praise The Lord?

Isaiah 12:1-6 - When Is The Appropriate Time To Praise The Lord?

Isaiah 12:1-6 (TNIV) In that day you will say: "I will praise 
you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned 
away and you have comforted me. 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will 
trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my 
defense; he has become my salvation." 3 With joy you will draw water from 
the wells of salvation. 4 In that day you will say: "Give praise to 
the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has 
done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, for 
he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. 6 
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy 
One of Israel among you." 

  Praise the Lord often, regardless of your circumstances. Many 
people praise the Lord only when something good happens to them or when 
they receive an unexpected blessing - but the Lord is worthy of our 
praise at all times, in all circumstances. 
  We do not praise the Lord on the basis of our circumstances; 
we praise the Lord on the basis of who He is in the midst of our 
  We do not praise the Lord because of the way we feel; we 
praise the Lord because of who He is and the way He feels about us. 
  Don't limit your praise to the songs you sing at the Sunday 
church service. Praise the Lord often, in both words and songs that you 
create spontaneously. All around you, at all times, you can find 
countless things for which to praise the Lord. Look for those things, and 
throughout the day voice your heartfelt praise and thanksgiving to God. 
  When you ride alone in your car, get into an empty elevator, 
sit alone in your office or work space, or find yourself alone in 
your home, take every opportunity to voice praise to the Lord for who 
He is. Praise Him for what he has done through the ages, for what 
He has done in your life and in the lives of your loved ones, and 
for what you know without doubt the Lord is doing for you and will 
do for you both now and throughout all eternity. 
  You can never run out of things for which to praise the Lord!
  When you voice your praise to the Lord, you open yourself up 
to experiencing the presence of God with you. The Bible tells us 
that the Lord is "enthroned" in the praises of His people (see Ps. 
  The greater your praise, the smaller your problems will appear.
  The more frequent your praise, the less you will find yourself 
with time to worry or feel anxious. 
  The more you praise the Lord, the more you are going to "see" 
things worthy of His praise. 
  As you praise Him, your entire attitude will shift from an 
unhealthy "I focus" and "problem focus," to a healthy and joyful "God 
focus" and "answer focus." So take a cue from the prophet Isaiah and 
proclaim: "O LORD, You are my God, I will exalt You, I will praise Your 
name, for you have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are 
faithfulness and truth" (Is. 25:1). [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re 
Isa. 12] 

Our salvation should give us joy every day, not merely in the 
period immediately following our conversion.  God's salvation is not 
about eternal life only, but about an abundant life right now. [Life 
Principles SB By Charles Stanley]