If you need uplifting and encouragement, praise the Lord. It may be just what you do not feel like doing, but I've found that's when I need to do it most. And being honest before God and telling Him I need His help to praise Him is my first step. Psalm 145-150 are most helpful. My NIV Life Application Bible says: "These last five psalms overflow with praise. Each begins and ends with "Praise the LORD." They show us where, why, and how to praise God. What does praise do? (1) Praise takes our minds off our problems and shortcomings, and focuses them on God. (2) Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship, (3) Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God's character. (4) Praise lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly.
This morning I read Psalm 145-146. These verses impressed me most:
Ps. 145:3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise, his greatness no one can fathom.
Ps. 145:8-9 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Ps. 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.
Ps. 145:14 The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
Ps. 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.
Ps. 145:18-19 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Ps. 146:5-6 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
Ps. 146:8 The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.
In Hebrew, Praise the LORD is "Hallelu Yah". English spelling "Hallelujah". End of Hebrew lesson. :)