KEY SCRIPTURE Psalm 148:11-13
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.
God needs us praising His name. It's a natural progression from baptism. We leave our old masters behind for the newness of life, so praise and thanksgiving should pour from our lips.
We abandon everything and trust in Him, unlike Jesus' student Peter who looked at the waves and sank. If we look at the size of our problems, dark thoughts and temporal considerations instead of trusting in God, we will also sink, our faith will drain, and the downward look will come upon us. (Hebrews 12:12)
We have this illustration, so we may learn to drop all care in times of praise, to literally abandon everything and communicate with our Lord—to surrender all and let the Spirit flow.
The Lord is indeed teaching us many things and knows and understands every thought of every heart. Jesus has walked as we walk, and He leads us into all truth with deep love and profound compassion. So we must meditate on Him and wait on Him. He is there and will lead us into a praise that shall overcome every obstacle in our way.
This praise requires a literal dropping of every outside thought, every stress of work, and every anxiety of life. If we shake off those things, they fast disappear, leaving us with only God. What a breathtaking place in which to find ourselves.
The Lord inhabits the praises of His people and loves to hear our voices singing unto His name with joy and thanksgiving. When we do this, blessings pour from the Throne of God into our hearts.
The Lord is watching us each day and knows the path we must take. Let's keep looking to Him without letting go, for He is leading in right paths for His name's sake.
Dear Lord, sometimes my heart is just bursting with praise for you. It is something I cannot and do not want to contain. It enriches me so intensely I can't stop thanking you. Your blessed love allows me to pour praises out to you, but I get filled myself.
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