“Determined Praise” 10/05/2018 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie    http://www.harvest.org/devotional

                       Image result for image praise the Lord

Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms” @  https://davidkitz.wordpress.com/

Original post found @  https://davidkitz.blog/2018/10/04/determined-praise/

Determined Praise

Posted by 

 

 

Reading: Psalm 148

(Verses 1-6)

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away 
(NIV).

20180831_1311472

Are you rock solid in your praise for the LORD? — photo by David Kitz

Reflection
As we draw to the end of the Book of Psalms, we are slowly building to a crescendo. It’s a crescendo of praise for the LORD. Today’s reading from Psalm 148 represents another stepping stone in that rising crescendo of praise.

The word praise appears nine times in this six-verse portion of the psalm. The psalmist repeatedly calls for all of creation to praise the LORD—to praise himIn today’s reading the call to praise is focused on the heavenly realm. You would think that the angels and the heavenly hosts would need no reminder to praise the LORD, but nevertheless the psalmist calls on them to praise their Creator. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. 

If the angels need a praise prompter, then I know that I certainly do. There are days when I have a greater tendency to complain than to praise. If I am feeling a bit out of sorts or experiencing discomfort, it doesn’t take much to trip me into full-blown, grumble mode with a side order of self-pity tacked on for good measure. Praise for the LORD is a distant thought or a faint memory.

But has God changed? Has His mercy been diminished because I have a grumbly tummy or a kink in my neck? Of course not. The LORD is constantly worthy of praise—even in hard times—especially in hard times. In hard times I need to change my focus. I need to lift up my eyes to the heavens. I need to see the big picture rather than be caught up in the trifling details of my life. God is still on His throne even if I burn the toast or spill that glass of milk. Praise has greater significance at such times because it springs from a troubled heart that has shifted to become a thankful overcoming heart.

In the midst of his great suffering, Job made this declaration about his faithfulness to the LORD, Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15a). Will that be your testimony? In all these things, the LORD, our great Creator, remains steadfast and worthy of praise.

Response: LORD God, give me a heart that is eager to praise You—even in hard times—especially in hard times. Your constant care for us does not change. Let my praise for You be just as constant. Amen.

Your Turn: Do you have a greater tendency to grumble or praise? Can you change that tendency?

*********************************************************************

P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

Picture credit:     https://www.google.com/search?q=image+praise+the+Lord&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiOjuqI7uzdAhU0JTQIHeX0DeEQsAR6BAgFEAE#imgrc=GeEBSTa9ktu9zM:

 

Advertisements

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
This entry was posted in Bible, Catholic, Christ, Christianity, Daily Devotion, Exortation, faith, God, Gospel, Holiness, Hope, Jesus Christ, Love, Mercy, Peace, Praise, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

alattehope.com/

Sit back relax, and be encouraged!

From Gideon To Jesus

2 Timothy 2:21-22

a rambling collective

Tales of connections, food and a sense of belonging.

One Mom's Journey with CrossFit

Trials, Tribulations, & Triumphs of CrossFit

AtoZMom's Blog

Where God, Life, & Community Meet

Jen Dionne's Website

One Family's Adventures in Windsor, CO

Lifemerized

Observing Life's Minutes

Amazing Tangled Grace

A blog about my spiritual journey in the Lord Jesus Christ.

blessingsbyme.wordpress.com/

Crafts, DIY, Recipes & More

Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

Perception

feelings, thoughts and dilemmas

ThoughtyOne

A community for nomads rejecting the Status Quo and rebelling against Mediocrity...

S O M E K I N D O F 5 0

Drawing a line through 50

Curious as a Cathy

Enjoying life one experience at a time through photography, music, & occasionally a cup of coffee with friends

The Introspective Scribbler

Trivial views on significant issues

Little Fears

Tales of humour, whimsy and courgettes

thriftyshopper7.wordpress.com/

Lifestyle and Travel Blog

krishnapriya22013

Light+Love :-)

Inspirational quotes, articles and life lessons.

Find amazing motivational, inspirational advice, article or quote.

Daily Dose of Love & Life

"Always believe in yourself and have faith"

Gareth Roberts

Unorthodox Marketing & Strategy

peekaboothisisjeru

From a dark home, To an empty soul, A hurt heart, Makes a writer gold.

Crazartt

I was created to create@Mehakkhorana

Colin's canvas

Encouragement on your walk with Jesus.

The Pensieve

A homonym of pensive meaning deeply, seriously thoughtful. Though, it's also a pun, the 'sieve' part of the word alluding to the object's function of sorting meanings from a mass of thoughts or memories. (Source: Pottermore)

EQUINOX

The time of change

Wings Of Poetry

Layers Of Life

Reprobate Typewriter

A Writer's Performance Space

David's Blog

Messages of light and hope to encourage and inspire.

Tammy's Reading/Writing Life

A mother, wife, writer, teacher, coach, book fairy, and runner that has random thoughts about lots of topics!

Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Mo-Mentum

Always Move Forward

To Wonder at Beauty

Celebrating the magic of an ordinary day

Simranjitkv

Welcome To My Page!

Fearless Kay

Personal Blog / Self-Development / Challenges / Sharing My World With You <3

New start

changing my mindset and working towards my goals

His Beloved

"I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children" 1 Corinthians 4:14 Copyright © Kayla Rivers All Rights Reserved

Lance Sheridan

~Plaited Poems~

UptightPrettyGirl

Sharing my happiness and lifestyle with others.

The Glossy You

Health and Beauty

Story Teller

Single parent to a son with Autism and ADHD / Journey of my Christian Walk

Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

This Just SoCS

Because I'm addicted to Stream of Consciousness Saturday

%d bloggers like this: