Every time I saw it written I realized it was just after something good had happened

Psalm 48:1-14

Reference: v.1 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Now that we have ‘text-talk’ there are so many abbreviations that I need to learn.  The first time I saw PTL I thought it was some connection to school – Parent Teacher Lobby.  However, every time I saw it written I realized it was just after something good had happened… surely that can’t be related to the Parent Teacher Lobby then!!  Through my amazing powers of deduction I worked out it meant Praise The Lord.  It’s not an abbreviation that I would use myself but I finally worked out what some of my Christian friends were now talking about.

Application: The thing about PTL is that you only see it written after something good.  “Got a new job – PTL”, “Passed all my exams – PTL”, or “PTL, Church was great today”.  It’s great that we do give praise to God during the good times in our lives but if we are to express our faith in every single part of our life then we would be PTL-ing even when times got tough.  “Had a challenging day at work but I’m going to PTL anyway!”  Tough to write and tougher to live out, but we prove our faith goes deeper than the surface if we are able to PTL in the good times and the bad.

Prayer: Lord, it’s so much easier to praise You when all is well in our lives.  However You are so great and majestic that every breath that comes from our mouths should give You praise and honor.  Thank you for all You are and who You allow us to be.  Amen.

When do you find it hardest to PTL?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.