“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46-47)
As I read through this passage this morning, it reminded me that our souls and spirits should be in a state of continuous praise towards our God, who so abundantly cares for us and fulfills His promises to us every day!
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9)
I remember a time when I used to think prayer was largely pointless and it didn’t really make a difference if I prayed or not. Is God listening? Does He care? Isn’t He just going to do what He wants to anyway?
“Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” (Psa. 150:1-6)
As a “praise/worship leader” in a contemporary church setting, Psalm 150 is one of my go-to Scriptures for reminding people that God not only created us to praise Him with music, instruments, and dancing, but that He EXPECTS us to do so! Forewarning, this may end up being more of a rant than anything since this topic is near and dear to me. 😉 (more…)
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” (Psa. 139:1)
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psa. 139:7) “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psa. 139:13-14)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psa. 139:23-24)
Psalm 139 has easily become on of my favorite psalms! David pens so many wonderful truths and thoughts about the Lord that bring us a deeper look into God’s beauty and greatness. (more…)