Pause to Praise

25 Feb

God’s Word: Psalms 150

God’s Attribute: Magnificent greatness

God’s Message to me:

This book of Psalms that ends with this chapter—is the life story of my servant David.  In it he has told of the wonderful highs of his life and the threatening lows.  And when all was said and done—David did what he said—he proclaimed my magnificent greatness to his peers.  His proclamations were given to inspire praise from others toward Me.  Remember, as I have said before, it does you more good to praise Me than it does Me.

Therefore, I have provided you with an endless supply of things for which to praise Me.  You need to simply open the eyes of your heart and look in and around.  When is that last time you paused and were amazed at the way the organs of your body work together?  Consider your liver—it is the only organ I created with the ability to rejuvenate and grow back when part of it is damaged.  Did you know that if 80% of your liver was destroyed your body could function normally with 20%?  And, that 20% could carry the whole load, plus it would grow back to full side.  Have you ever praised Me for your liver?

Praise takes many forms.  It may be corporate—in the assembly—with instruments and singing.  How I love that sound of unity of voices and instruments.  Or it might be a simple thought of acknowledgement of something amazing I have provided in your world—your body—the world around you—relationships—family—friends—all the living things and organisms I have designed and created.  They all work together in symbiotic relationships for the good of my crowning glory—YOU!

God’s Question for me:

Will you follow David’s example and look for seven times daily to praise?

God’s Promise to me:

I heal, lead and comfort, giving you reasons to express praise.

My Song to God: Blessed Assurance written by Fanny Crosby, born in 1820 (See below for amazing facts about Fanny)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long;

this is my story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

(Refrain)

Perfect submission, all is at rest;

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above,

filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

(Refrain)

(Fanny Crosby wrote more than 9,000 hymns—many of praise and peace—and she was blinded at 6 weeks of age by a quack physician.  Her love of poetry began early and at age 8 she wrote this:

Oh, what a happy soul I am,
Even though I cannot see!
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t,
To weep and sigh because I’m blind
I cannot, and I won’t!

A well meaning preacher said to Fanny “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when he showered so many other gifts upon you.”

Fanny Crosby responded at once, as she had heard such comments before. “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?” said the poet. “Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

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One Response to “Pause to Praise”

  1. Jane Ann February 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Oh what a thought; to cast our eyes upon the Savior!

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