Practice the Discipline of Praise
You are greatly mistaken if you think your ability to praise is dependent on your outward circumstances. Praise is a choice. That’s why Paul commands the Philippians church to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4). Developing an attitude of gratitude is as simple as shifting your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have. When you’re in the desert, what you don’t have or what’s not happening is shoved in your face on a daily basis. It’s natural to focus on the negative.
Praising God in the depths of the desert is a discipline. It takes intentionality. But even in your darkest moments, there are always things to rejoice in: another day of life, salvation, your family, your health, a sunset. The psalmist practiced this discipline when he said, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5