Praise the Lord

March 10

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1.

Praising God is a choice and should not depend on your feelings.  When you praise God, He is exalted in your heart and diminishes your trials.  We have many reasons to praise God always.

“If you woke up this morning, you’re ahead of the 1 million people who didn’t survive the week.  If you can sit down, read the paper, and drink a cup of coffee, you’re better off than the 500 million men, women, and children around the world who are presently experiencing the horrors of war, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, and the pangs of starvation.  If you can attend church without threat, you’ve a freedom envied by 2 billion others who have never been inside one.  If you have food, clothes and a roof over your head, you’re richer than 75% of the earth’s inhabitants.  If you’ve money in the bank, you’re among the world’s top 8%.  If you’ve a Bible, you’re better off than the 1.5 billion people who have never seen one.  If you can read this devotional, you’re ahead of the one-third of the people on the planet who are illiterate.”

Life might not be as bad as you think in comparison to most people in our world. Throughout the Bible we read of examples of the power of praise: King Jehoshaphat and his nation was preserved by the power of praise; the wall of Jericho was crumbled by the power of praise;  blind men praised Jesus and received sight; desperate women praised Jesus and received healing.

Praise the Lord.  Allow the spirit of gratitude to flood your soul and receive God’s grace and blessing.

Kingdom Declaration:

I bless the Lord with a heart of gratitude for He is worthy to be praised.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 11-13; Mark 12:1-27