I’m not sure that praise comes naturally to us, though it should be an integral part of our being. We have so very much to praise and thank God for. Even in the worst of circumstances there is a great deal to sing praises for. Instead, we have a tendency to moan about things we can’t change; especially about things we can’t change.

We only have to read the psalms to find praise bubbling up from David and others. They worship through the natural world, through others and through the presence of God. The New Testament asks us to pray without ceasing. When we stop to think about it, our lives should overflow with gratitude. There are the blessings we have here on earth and also the blessings from the life to come. ‘Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of God for ever.’ Psalm 23:6