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Monday, December 28, 2015

GIVE YOUR PRAISE TO THE LORD

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”  Psalm 103:1-2 NLT
     Have you ever felt like praising God?  Now I’ve heard non-believers say “thank God” or “hallelujah” when things go their way, but I don’t think they mean it the way believers do.  I say that because they are the same people that blame God when things don’t go the way they want them to.  A true believer in Christ will learn thru life’s circumstances to praise God in the good and the bad.  Job learned that lesson the hard way.  He lost everything he owned including his children thru dire calamitous events.  Let’s take a look at Job 2:9-10:  (Job’s) wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”  He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman.  Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  Job never forgot all the good God had done for him.  Even when he was sitting on an ash heap covered in boils he still maintained his faith in the Lord.
     My belief is that we should be ready to praise the Lord at all times.  I feel it is highly productive and spiritually uplifting to praise the name of the Lord to start our prayers.  God doesn’t need to be reminded of all the wondrous things He has done down thru the ages, but it does wonders to stabilize our faith.  Whenever you find yourself in difficult circumstances, remember all that God has done for you.  Even if He did nothing else, redemption alone would be reason enough to praise and glorify His name for all eternity. 
     David wrote this Psalm to honor the Lord.  He did that quite often.  Do you take the time outside of church to praise and glorify the name of the Lord?  Do you ever recite some of His great deeds throughout scripture and in your own life?  It’s a faith building exercise that will benefit you greatly.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

NOTE: The translation used is the New Living Translation (NLT), Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Inc.

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