Praise Remains Our Greatest Spiritual Exercise!

Did you know that Scripture says more about our praise life than our prayer life? Praise is the highest spiritual exercise we practice. In our praise, we worship God for Him and for who He is. Our praise also encourages others, strengthening weak hearts and giving courage to shaken saints who are persevering a difficult time in their faith journey. Praise is the key to living a life of happiness because we know that in God, through Christ, we have an unspeakable joy and enduring hope. Praise lifts our eyes off our circumstances and raises them up to focus on the Lord, who is our constant help in every situation we face. We praise God because He is good and He delights in our praise. Each day, we have a new opportunity to live a life that praises God. What we do with that opportunity is up to us. Each of us can choose. We can dwell on the negatives or we can show the world where our hope comes from and how to endure in a race that is not always easy to run.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV)

A Sunday Prayer

On this Sabbath Sunday, I am taking a break from the Morning and Evening Prayer series that we began journeying through together a couple of weeks ago. I hope you are being blessed by this intentional focus on prayer and that it is helping you grow in your spiritual walk. Personally, I know delving into this study of prayer has enriched my daily prayer life.

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Have you ever wondered why we, as Christians, observe the holy day on Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, it’s true. The Sabbath was historically practiced on Saturday prior to the Resurrection. Sometime after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church began observing the Sabbath on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave on that first Easter Sunday.

My prayer for you today is simply that you would bask in the glory of God and rejoice in His goodness. He is SO good to each of us. Today, may you be blessed during your special time of worship focused on Him. He LOVES us beyond comprehension. As you prepare for the week ahead, may you be filled with love, joy, and peace. Be a bright shining light wherever the days ahead lead you. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This is the day of the Lord;

our Savior, Christ, is risen!

He has conquered sin and death,

the power of love has overcome,

and God has given us the victory!

Hallelujah!

An Old Church Prayer based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-7 

Reference:

Ashwin, Angela (2002) The Book of a Thousand Prayers. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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31 Days of Praise | Day 1 In the Beginning

In our contemporary culture, we talk a lot about prayer and worship but not a lot about praise. We pray for rain, yet fail to praise God when He brings us the rain. And how exactly do you fully worship God without praising Him for what He has done, is doing, and continues to do? While visiting my Mom’s home church in East Texas, I ran across “31 Ways to Praise,” a handy bookmark developed by Bob Hostetler to help followers of Jesus utilize Scripture to praise God. So, starting in October, the month before the holiday season, I have decided to devote the next 31 days to focus on praise. I’ll rely in part on Bob Hostetler’s praise starters, hoping to build upon them.

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God is praiseworthy because through Him all things that are made were made. He created everything from nothing.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

God is the ultimate life-giver, who breathed life into us and the universe we inhabit. Because of that, we must sing praise to the Lord Almighty. He is the God of Wonders.

You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)

As you go through your day today, remember to praise Him in all that you say and do. Reflect His greatness through your words and actions. Treat others with the love He showered upon you. Give grace and extend mercy. Be kind and generous. Be joyful, committing your work to the One who made you.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™