A person does not praise someone because he is convinced of the importance of that person. For good reason Holy Scripture says: “Faith is being convinced of the things we can’t see,” (Hebrews 11:1). We surely have reason enough to praise our God, for the faith which brings us salvation is God’s gift.
God has overwhelmed us with rich blessings. His kindnesses cannot be counted. Nevertheless, it may happen that we have some doubts, or even lapse into unbelief.
Very often the gracious hand of Him, who guides us with His wisdom and goodness, is not at once recognizable. We see only danger, we observe only the unrighteousness and lack of mercy of our fellowmen. Then the song of praise fades away, and changes into a song of lamentation. God answers also the singing of a song of lamentation, but it must be done in faith.
The means for coming to faith is the message of the Gospel; that God has given Himself for us. Our heart clings to this truth, and is strengthened in the faith. Then we sing again the New Song of faith.
Lord, strengthen my faith! Amen.