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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Praise the LORD!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!  Psalm 150:6 (NASB)
What an awesome way to begin a day: praising the LORD! It’s Sunday morning. The sun is coming up, the birds are chirping, squirrels and chipmunks are feeding, the ground is damp from an evening of rain, and I am thankful to be alive! I am partial to Sundays because churches are open for corporate worship and I love to praise my Savior Jesus Christ with fellow believers!
My circumstances of life may not be ideal at this moment and I may encounter many trials along the way, but I serve a God who poured out His love and grace on me, a sinner, and made a way, through His Son Jesus Christ, for me to enjoy the blessings of His kingdom here on earth and in heaven for eternity. Why would a holy God give a sinner a chance to live with Him now and forever? Because of His great love for us. 1 John 3:1a says: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 
That is what we are when we accept His gift of grace: children of a Father God who generously pours out abundant love on us. Are you dripping in lavished love? I hope so! It covers over all the mud and mire of this world. Thank you, Jesus! “Praise Him, praise Him all you little children; God is love, God is love. (Words: anonymous. Music: Carey Bonner -1859-1938).
After taking care of my dogs and fixing my coffee, I sat down this morning and opened my Bible to the book of Psalms. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Psalms is a book of the Bible comprising a collection of religious verses, sung or recited in both Jewish and Christian worship. Many of them are attributed to King David and the Israelites of long ago used them to worship Jehovah God. Read Psalm 145 below with an eagerness to feel close to the same God, the God of Ages, who created you and takes care of you and your children.
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.
The God we love and adore, whose name we should praise every day, takes care of all who look to Him and satisfies the desire of every living thing. He is near to all who call upon Him in truth. He fulfills the desire of all who fear (revere and respect) Him. He hears their cries and saves them. He keeps all who love Him. Those words from verses 14-20 are the promises of God to His people. We can trust this God with our lives and the lives of our children. Therefore, (from verse 21) my mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.
The end of the book of Psalms is brimming with praise for the LORD of heaven and earth. Open your Bibles and begin paying tribute to the One who made and paid for creation and its sins. Press on in your journey with the praises of Psalms 146-150 as you revel in our Almighty God! “All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing, O praise Him, Alleluia!.......” (Words: Francis of Assisi, around 1225)

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