“Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)” – Psalm 150:6 AMPC
In Exodus chapter fifteen, we read the Song of Moses and Israel. Several psalms recount what God did in the Exodus. Praise is an integral part of our lives as believers, and the last cup of Passover is the Cup of Praise!
Psalm 136 in the King James Version has the refrain, “His mercy endureth forever.” This chapter is what we read when we take the fourth cup of Passover. This cup is the one Jesus did not partake of during the Seder. Instead, his praise that night was to forgive on the cross and to commit His spirit to the Lord to secure our salvation, and that is something we can give praise for!
Praise is not the fast music that precedes the slow songs on Sunday morning. Praise is an attitude of the heart that comes out of our mouths and our actions. Part of our Praise is doing the good works that God ordained for our lives. And yes, part of our praise is singing to God. But singing on Sunday is the lowest form of praise we engage in. Anyone can sing in a room full of believers, but can we be like Job, who praises God amid unspeakable suffering? Job 2:10 tells us that he did not sin with his words. Job 13:15 says, “though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
A heart of praise not only trusts God during difficult times but also speaks of that trust. So during hard times, we need to remember the goodness of God; we need to speak of the goodness of God. We should make our home in the Psalms and see that even when a Psalm begins in a low place, it ends with praise.
When you sit down at the Passover table and partake of the final cup, let it set the course of the entire Feast season of the year. Determine to be filled with praise every day of the year. Don’t let adverse circumstances silence your praise; let your praise carry you through to victory.