Praise The Lord!
Praise The Lord For The House Of The Lord!
Thank you, Sally, for sending your words of praise for our devotions on this beautiful Lord's day.
"Though it doesn’t say “Praise,” I love Psalm 122:1.. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” We need to praise God for his house of worship, that we can go to, without worries of being thrown into jail, as many of our Christian brothers and sisters are threaten with, in other countries. I learned this verse when I was probably six years old.
Another favorite is “Praise the Lord: for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.” Psalm 135:3
God is so good to me, even when I don’t deserve it. I love singing praises to him.
Again, thank you so much for such thought provoking devotions! They are a daily blessing!"
Praise The Lord For Breath And Life
Thank you, Betty, for sharing your words of praise to our verse, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 150:6)
"I have breath and I have blessings, and I am praising the Lord !!!!!!!"
I never thought about how much we take breathing for granted until I had breathing problems and was rushed to the hospital. During the past two years I have tried to learn what triggers my struggled breathing so I can try to avoid those things as much as possible. But there are so many factors that are beyond my control, like the weather and the smell of perfumes and lotions, I sometime find that the simple act of breathing is difficult. From the very beginning of man, God gave breath and life. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7) And God continues to give life through the air that we breathe. So, I am praising the Lord with Betty, "I have breath and I have blessings, and I am praising the Lord !!!!!!!" "I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." (Psalm 104:33)
Praise The Lord For Spring!
Finally. We have reached the first day of spring. It seemed to take a long time to get here. The weather has been cold, wet, and windy and I am ready for some warm spring days. I praise the Lord for His promise that "seedtime and harvest,..." will never fail to come. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22) God always keeps His promises and just as sure as we have the winter days of our lives, we will have the spring and summer days, too. The sun, moon, and stars are all in God's hand and He has blessed us to bring us through another winter, into spring. The birds are singing and the trees are beginning to bud. Flowers are bursting through the once frozen ground. Praise the Lord for spring! I can hear the joy of spring time in the love song of the Old Testament.
"10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away." (Song Of Solomon 2:10-13)
Praise The Lord For The Blessed Hope
Mom called me Tuesday night and talked for a while. She said it had been the longest day. It was cold out, and her car is still in the shop, so she stayed in all day. Then she reminded me that on March 20, 2002, Dad passed in his sleep. I am sure that there have been many long days for my Mom during the last sixteen years. I also think of him often. It has been sixteen years since I talked to my Dad. Sixteen years since I heard him pray. Sixteen long years since I saw his face. But, praise the Lord I have a blessed hope that I will see him again one day! My Dad was a great Christian man who lived for the Lord, and I know he is with the Lord even now. Praise the Lord!
"13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Praise The Lord For Another Day To Share His Word
Yesterday I mentioned that sometimes I have questions when I read the Bible. This morning while I was washing dishes I thought about some verses that I have questioned many times.
"34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (Luke 17:34-36)
I believe that these verses tell us that we don't always know who is saved and who is lost. I think the two in one bed speak of family. We may live in the same house, eating, and sleeping, and spending our time together, and not all be saved. The two grinding together could be those we prepare meals and eat with. And the two men in the field tell us that some of the people we work with may not be ready to meet the Lord. Even all the people we go to church with may not be saved, as we see in Matthew 7:21-23.
"21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
These are some of the saddest words in the Bible, "I never knew you: depart from me..." These were people who were doing works in the name of the Lord, but they were still lost in their sins. It will be a sad time when we appear before the Lord Jesus and see our friends and loved ones condemned. But, praise the Lord we have another day to share His Word. God has blessed us with another day to witness for Him. We need to share the gospel message that Jesus came "to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) With the technology we have today it is easier than ever to get the message out. I hope that these simple devotional thoughts will encourage you to share His Word and seize each opportunity to be a witness for Christ Jesus.
"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD"
Are you still with me? We are half-way through our month of praising the Lord. Looking at the calendar above my computer I see that next week is the first day of spring, and then we will celebrate Palm Sunday, looking forward to Easter on April 1st. These are great reasons to praise the Lord. Has the Lord been good to you? I know He has surely been good to me! The book of Psalms is filled with praises to our God. And it ends with a wonderful Psalm of praise. What is your Psalm of praise? I would love for you to share a Psalm of praise, or any words of praise to our Lord and I can post them for a witness of the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God is worthy of all our praise! "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 150:6)
"1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 150)
Nature Praises The Lord
Let's continue with our thought from yesterday, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 150:6) There are several verses in the Bible that show us even nature itself praises the Lord God Almighty. The waves of the sea roar in praise to our God. The trees clap their hands and the morning stars sang together. Jesus is able to make the stones cry out in praise if we fail to praise Him. Are we going to let all of nature do our praising for us?
"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)
"The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever." (Psalm 93:3-5)
"But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name." (Isaiah 51:15)
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together" (Psalm 98:4-8)
"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice" (Psalm 96:11)
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7)
"And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19:37)
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 148:1-14)