Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Choosing to Praise Him

Today's readings: Revelation 8, Nehemiah 11, Psalm 103

"Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's...The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy...He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him... for He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust... Bless the Lord, O my soul!" -Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 10, 11. 22b

There are days when I don't feel like worshiping God. Either I'm upset, or tired, or too busy- but I must follow the example of Psalm 103 and command my soul to bless the Lord even when I don't feel like it! This is a great list of God's benefits that you could read to yourself and praise God for when you don't feel like worshiping! Read it slowly to yourself. Connect those phrases to real examples from your own life. And praise the Lord! For what has He forgiven you? How has He healed you? From what pit has He redeemed you? How has He crowned you with love and mercy? How has He satisfied your needs? How has He renewed you lately? Praise Him for He has not punished you as you deserve!!!!! That could take awhile! He knows everything about you. He knows that you are weak. All He wants you to do is depend on Him and praise Him for sustaining you!

Today, tell your soul to bless the Lord. And then do it! These verses are a great guide and won't leave you stranded for words, or topics of praise! In fact you may be surprised at how quickly time flies while you are praying and praising through these verses! Enjoy that sweet time with the Lord today!

Choosing to bless the Lord today,

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