Friday, June 26, 2015

Praise God For…

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I love the Psalms. They inspire and instruct. Take praise, for example. You would be hard pressed to find another book of the Bible that encourages you to praise the Lord as they do. Not only are you inspired to praise God, you are often instructed what to praise Him for. And I like that. It helps me to think about who God is and what He can do. 

This morning I was reading through the Psalms in my devotional time. Among the chapters was Psalm 145. It’s a perfect example of inspiration and instruction. It offers many reasons to praise the Lord. Here are four that stand out:

  • Pause to Praise the Lord for His GOODNESS
They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness” (Psalm 145:7).

Take a look around you right now. You have: Family, Friends, Shelter, Clothing, Food, Transportation, and a lot more. All evidence of God’s goodness. Praise Him for it!

  • Pause to Praise the Lord for His GRACE
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8).

As sinful as we are, God has shown us His undeserved love. He sent Jesus to cover our sin, to die for us. Praise God for His grace!

  • Pause to Praise the Lord for His FAITHFULNESS
The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made” (Psalm 145:13).

Just a couple verses after this, the psalmist mentioned how all creation looks to God to provide for all its needs, and since the beginning of the world God has been faithful to “satisfy the desires of every living thing” (verse 16). God keeps His word. Praise God for His faithfulness!

  • Pause to Praise the Lord for His JUSTICE
The LORD watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy” (Psalm 145:20).

We struggle at times to make sense of evil in the world; terrorists, identity thieves, criminals that harm us directly or indirectly. We desire justice and wonder if it will ever come. Remember, God is just, and justice for evil will come. Praise the Lord for His justice…and the love He shows to us by not treating us as our sins deserve.

With a little thought, you begin to realize a brief pause is not enough to give God all the praise He deserves each and every day. “Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord; everyone, PRAISE THE LORD” (Psalm 150:6).

My mouth is filled with GOD’S praise. Let everything living bless Him, bless His holy name from now to eternity! Psalm 145:21

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