Deep in my heart, I know that sense of purpose affects our praise. Describing that connection is a challenge. Maybe we can better understand it when we consider how lack of purpose affects us. During times we don’t see purpose—when disappointed, during a hard time, wondering why we’re alive—we are not in a place of praise but are down, even depressed.

Conversely, when we believe God has a plan and we are part of it, players in something bigger than us, our attitude is one of hope, expectation, and praise. Believing there’s a purpose for our pain and a reason for life’s disappointments, prompts praise and puts a song in our hearts. It’s why Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite verse:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Purpose is a gift—not purpose in our actions as much as trusting the intentionality of God’s wisdom and ways and knowing we fit into His plan. God never does something for nothing – He always has a reason for His actions and it’s always good, whether or not we understand it.

Where are you today—Questioning? Despairing? Praising? Count on the God you cannot see, who has purposes you cannot understand, and possesses plans to give you hope and a future. Let that belief prompt you to praise.

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