Isaiah 12:1 “And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.”
What a great statement, “I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me…” This is unconditional praise. Sadly, many only praise the LORD when times are good, but the true test of your Christianity is to praise Him despite adversity. It is easy to praise the LORD when health is good, but praising Him when health is gone takes character. It is easy to praise the LORD when walking on the mountaintops, but praising Him while walking in the valley shows true Christianity. You show me how much you praise the LORD when it seems the LORD is angry with you and I will show you your spiritual character. Three things are revealed about unconditional praise when times are not going well.
Unconditional praise shows your love for the LORD. To praise the LORD in the bad times reveals how much you truly love the LORD. It is shallow love to praise God when everything is going well, but show me how much you praise Him in the bad times and I will show you how much you love Him. Sadly, the “love” of many believers is based on how well they deem the LORD is treating them; whereas, true love for the LORD will praise Him no matter what happens to them.
Moreover, unconditional praise shows your trust in the LORD. To praise the LORD when times are bad shows that you trust what He is doing in your life. Unconditional praise of the LORD shows your trust in His promises, providence, and love for you. To praise the LORD unconditionally is to say that you trust what He is doing in your life.
Furthermore, unconditional praise shows your resolution and commitment to the LORD. To praise the LORD when times are not going well reveals that you are going to serve the LORD no matter what life throws at you. Job determined to serve the LORD unconditionally, and he proved it when his life was turned upside down. The great Christians praise the LORD in the bad times; shallow believers only praise the LORD when they agree with what the LORD is doing in their lives. Paul and Silas sang praises in prison, which became a great testimony of their resolution and commitment to the LORD. Your resolution and commitment to praise the LORD unconditionally is what makes the greatest difference to those who are watching your life; it reveals to them that you truly believe in the LORD and that what you have is real.
How do we praise the LORD unconditionally? First, it takes determination. Like Daniel and the three Hebrew children, you must purpose in your heart to praise the LORD no matter what happens in your life. If you don't have determination to praise the LORD despite what happens in life, you will quickly stop praising Him when you disagree with life’s adversity.
Second, it takes spiritual character to praise the LORD unconditionally. Anybody can praise the LORD when times are good, but spiritual character says that the LORD is still good when times are bad. Fairweather Christianity only praises the LORD in the good times, but charactered Christianity praises Him in the bad times.
Third, it takes resolution to praise the LORD unconditionally. My friend, you need to resolve in your heart that the LORD is good no matter what happens in your life. You will never have unconditional praise for the LORD until you settle that you are going to serve and praise the LORD despite adversity.