Pastor Will’s Blog – April 20th, 2017 ~ Let All Things Praise God!
Read Psalm 148.
Psalm 148 is a part of the collection of Psalms designated as “Praise” psalms. Psalm 148 begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” or “Hallelujah!”.
The psalmist desires to express that every one, everything, in every situation must praise the name of God.
I have come to the conclusion that this psalmist is on to something special. In my experience, genuinely praising God leaves little room for life’s distractions and faith obstacles. Focusing on God, especially the sovereignty of God over creation and over my life, keeps my focus off of daily trials.
God created us for the purpose of living in committed relationship with God. The best way I have found to keep that relationship in the forefront is to lift praises to God throughout the day. The way we choose to praise God in our daily routine will vary from person to person.
A disciple may work to intentionally grow in the area of praise. We can look at daily praise in two ways. First is intentional praise. This is time set aside each day to pray and give thanks to God. Intentional moments may occur as a planned part of your daily calendar. Perhaps your model is in the morning, afternoon and evening. Your set aside moments may occur at the gym or as you are waiting on a bus.
The second is occasion praise. Whenever you find an occasion to give glory to God, you take that opportunity. Praise God while driving, when you notice something in nature that reminds you of our Great Creator, or as you find yourself in a quiet moment between projects.
The psalmist writes (or sings) with the confidence of one who experiences the relationship with God for which we were created. May you also have an experience of the Holy today, and every day. May we all join our voices in praises to God.
And remember...do not find time in your day to schedule time for Jesus. Instead, schedule your day around Jesus.
"Praise the Lord!"
Prayer Focus: Praise, Thankfulness, acknowledge beauty of creation, practice breath prayers.
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