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There’s Always Time For Praise!

Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he! Psalm 99:5 NRSV

Given who God is, and what God has done, there is one thing we can be certain of: God deserves our praise. God is worthy of all the praise we can give!

That tells me that sandwiched in between everything else that is happening today, I need to give God praise. From the moment my eyes awaken, until my mind settles into sleep, I want and need to give God praise.

Of course it isn’t practical to think that every thought will be one of praise. Some will be given over to work, others to managing daily affairs, and many will be spent thinking about my family concerns. But even in the midst of all those thoughts, God deserves a place.

So why not join me and carve out some space between all the analyzing, decision making and mental wandering you do today. Then fill that space with words of praise and thanksgiving.

Give God some glory. Extol God’s name. Speak a few words of praise to the Mighty King. Tell God how great God is, and how good God has been to you!

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Keep It Going!

I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Psalm 146:2 NRSV

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWorship isn’t just for Sunday’s anymore. Worship isn’t just done in hallowed halls, beneath stained glass windows. Worship is for life. It is for wherever we are, and for whatever we might be doing. Worship is for right now!

Of course, you already knew that. The problem isn’t knowing we should worship God in all we do. The problem is worshipping God in all we do. Knowledge doesn’t always translate into action. That’s because too many other things often get in the way.MP900314350[1]

Today’s video asks us to look inside ourselves to see what might be getting in the way of us worshipping God the way God deserves to be worshipped. Click here to watch it.

Then, give God some praise, and keep it going!

Bless God!

Blessed be the LORD forever. Amen and amen. Psalm 89:52 NRSV

What an amazing statement! Actually, you might not think it is so amazing until you read the verses preceding it. As you read, you see the psalmist praises God after a long list of complaints and tough questions. Before this outburst of praise, you might conclude that the psalmist is fed up with God. He sounds like he is ready to abandon his faith.

MP900443595[1]When he wrote this psalm, nothing was the way the writer thought it should be. The throne of David’s line was overturned. The crown was defiled. The walls of the city were in ruins. The battle was lost, and the army defeated. The enemies rejoiced and continued to taunt and insult the people of God. Worse yet, it looked like God was fed up and ready to walk away from the people God had loved and called to be God’s own.

Surprisingly, as the psalmist nears the end of his prayer, he pleads one final time for God’s help. Then he utters these words of praise to God; “Blessed be the LORD forever.” That tells me praise is possible even in the worst of times!

MP900302951[1]If that’s true, then praising God is not just something we do when everything is going our way. It’s something we can do in times of want and need. It’s something we can do when challenges threaten to overwhelm us. It’s even something we can do when everything comes crashing down around us.

Praise is always possible!

No matter what the time or circumstance, we can do what the psalmist did. We can go to God. We can fall on our knees; bring our questions, our complaints, our petitions and our pleas to the throne of God. So, when the going gets tough, we can go to God!

But that is only the beginning. Psalm 89 didn’t end with a desperate cry. It ended with a proclamation of praise. The psalmist affirmed who God is. That affirmation revealed the depth of his devotion and the enduring nature of his faith.

Praise affirms who God is.

This was not a fair weather follower of God. This was a man who clung tenaciously to his God. This was a man who lived by faith, not by sight.

He blessed the Lord, not because everything was going right, but because he believed in God. More importantly, he continued believing in God even in the depths of despair. So he prayed, he petitioned, and then he gave God praise!

MP900401661[1]The question for us is, will we walk by faith or by sight? We would do well to follow the psalmist’s example and praise God, even in the midst of the storm.

Acknowledging who God is and honoring our Lord in our hearts is key. Let’s never forget to give God the praise and honor God is due in every circumstance!

Blessed Be The Lord Our God!

Prayer:

Great God of all, you deserve all the praise, honor and worship I can give you. But there are times disappointment and fear cloud my faith. Help me to always do as the psalmist did. Help me to lay my burdens at your feet, and exalt you with praise in every time, place and circumstance!

Amen.

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Bless God!

Blessed be the LORD forever. Amen and amen. Psalm 89:52 NRSV

What an amazing statement! The psalmist praises God after a long list of complaints and tough questions. Nothing was the way he thought it should be.MP900443595[1] The throne of David’s line was overturned. The crown was defiled. The walls of the city were in ruins. The army was defeated. The enemy taunted and insulted the people of God. Worse yet, it looked like God was ready to walk away from those called to be God’s own.

Surprisingly, as the psalmist nears the end of his prayer, he pleads one last time for God’s help. Then he utters these words of praise, “Blessed be the LORD forever.” That tells me praise is possible in every circumstance!

It is always right to give our thanks and praise!

If that’s true, then praising God is not what we do when everything is going our way. It’s something we can do in times of want and need. It’s something we can do when challenges overwhelm us, and even when everything comes crashing down.

MP900430564[1] No matter what the circumstance, we are to do what the psalmist did. We are to fall on our knees, bring our questions, our complaints, our petitions and our pleas to the throne of God.

But that’s only the beginning. Psalm 89 didn’t end with a desperate cry. It ended with a proclamation of praise. The psalmist affirmed his faith in God.

This was not a fair weather follower of God. This was a man who lived by faith, not by sight. This was a man who clung tenaciously to his God. He blessed the Lord, not because everything was going right, but because he believed in God. More importantly, he continued believing in God, even in the depths of despair. So he prayed, he petitioned, and then he gave God praise!

Cling tenaciously to God, and give God praise!

The question is, will we walk by faith or by sight? We would do well to follow the psalmist’s example and praise God, even in the midst of the storm. Jesus taught that too. When his disciples asked him how to pray, he began by hallowing and honoring the name of God. He didn’t even wait until the end of the prayer!MP900442982[1]

Acknowledging who God is, and honoring our Lord in our hearts is key. Let’s never forget to give God the praise and honor God is due in every circumstance!

Blessed be the Lord our God!

Prayer:

Great God, you are great, and greatly to be praised. Yours ways are right, and your love is steadfast. Help me to live by faith, not by sight, and to always give you the praise you are due!

Amen.

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Come & Adore

Joseph also went to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, he time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7 NRSVMC900436345[1]

Jesus is born!

Now what are you going to do about it?

I am going to go and adore him.

I am going to proclaim him Christ the Lord.

Won’t you come with me?

 

Click here for a simple but inspired rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful”. Then come and adore Christ the Lord!

Random Act of Praise

MP900431177[1] What is the last thing you would expect in the middle of a downtown department store filled with holiday shoppers? The last thing I would expect is a random singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.MP900431323[1]

But that is exactly what happened in Philadelphia. Musicians  from all over the area converged, and broke out into a random act of praise!

Take a minute and click here to watch the video from this wonderful event! Then join me in thanking God that the truth of God’s great love, and the triumph of Jesus Christ, can be heard even in the midst of our holiday shopping!

 

A Reasoned Thanks

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 NRSV

MP900341393[1] Sometimes it seems like the psalmist breaks out into random acts of praise. In the midst of his tears and pleas to God he just breaks into song. Why is that?

I don’t think it is because he has trouble focusing, and keeping his mind on one thing. Neither do I think it is because he is unstable or unpredictable.

His random acts of thanksgiving tell me that, even in the darkest days, wise people respond to the love of God at work in their lives! They take an honest and sobering look at their situation, and they take a honest look at their God. Then they realize that no matter how big their challenges are, their God is bigger. They see the inescapable truth that God is great and greatly to be praised!

What the psalmist sees in his darkest hour is God, who judges with righteousness, and hears the cry of the afflicted. He see God who remembers the needy and gives hope to the poor. He sees the hand of God lifting him up and sustaining him. In the face of such great love and power, giving thanks and praise is the only response that makes sense.

You and I can see what the psalmist saw if we are willing to look, not just at our problems, but at our God, who holds our lives in the palm of his loving hand. When we keep God at the center of our vision, we will want to give thanks too. In fact, giving thanks will be our only reasonable response!

So let’s be reasonable. Let’s respond with joyful hearts, and give our thanks to God!

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