Words For Courageous Living




PRAISING GOD

Nancy Carlson

There is a song we sing at our church which comes from Psalms 34:1. It goes like this: “I will bless the Lord at all times. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Seems simple enough doesn’t it? Yet, at times, we just don’t feel like doing it! The circumstances around us scream at us and blessing the Lord just doesn’t seem to be an option.

Yet, as an act of our wills, if we would just do that it is amazing what happens for us. Our spirits are lifted and we find ourselves experiencing a peace.

Why? Strangely enough, we have gotten the focus off ourselves and on to the source of our strength and hope. He is more than able. He is greater than anything in our lives. So why not? Why not praise Him at all times, in all things--even when we’re not down?

God is able to make all grace abound every day, particularly as we give Him praise and the acknowledgment He deserves. His favor surrounds us as a shield! Bless His Holy Name!!!

My prayer for you.

Lord, you are greatly to be praised. You are greatly to be praised when things are going “bad” and “wrong” and you are greatly to be praised when things are going “good” and “right”. Help this one to recognize your attention and concern in their immediate situation and to know that you, indeed, care. In the name of Jesus...

Amen

After you log off, why not take the time to read slowly Psalm 34? It is rich.

Then in the words of F. Berriors, T. Brooks, and J. Hamlim:

"Why so downcast, oh, my soul Put your hope in God

Put your hope in God

Put your hope in God

O, why so downcast, Oh, my soul

Put your hope in God

and bless the Lord oh, my soul

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Bless the Lord

He's the lifter

Of my countenance

Bless the Lord

He's the lifter

Of my head

Bless the Lord

He's the lifter

Of my countenance

I will never be ashamed."

Amen and Amen



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