Habits form who you are. Physically the habits of exercise, eating healthy and sleeping well are critical. Similarly, spiritual habits are vital to our health. The habit that is highlighted today in Revelation 7 and Psalm 135 is that of praise.
The people in heaven in Revelation 7 are all praising God. As they stand in the presence of God they can't help but worship him. Even those who have been murdered because of their commitment to Jesus, can't help but praise him. Often we may find ourselves praising God when circumstances are going as we desire but the habit we need to cultivate is that of praising God in all times. Since he is always worthy of praise we should be praising him all the time.
Even as we practice praising God we should recognize that God's ultimate desire is never the external habit but the heart transformation which accompanies this. Micah 6 describes the Israelites as continuing the external practices of worship but missing the point. Therefore, Micah challenges them to move beyond sacrifices and instead live in the path of justice, mercy and humility.
We must learn to regularly praise God but make sure that we are allowing God to transform our lives in the process.
Question of the day: How can you use worship as a tool for God to transform you?
Father God, you are worthy of my worship and praise. I praise you for your goodness, grace, beauty and love. Help me to praise you today with my lips and with my life. Continue to conform me to the likeness of your Son and transform my character to become more like Him. Amen.