Praise God

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Which do you find easier … praise God when everything is going well, or when things are falling apart?

Is it easier to shout out, “Yay, God!” during the times of absolute happiness, rather than when our hearts are crushed and broken?

For most of us, I would guess it’s easier to praise when things are going along without a hitch, than it is when we’ve hit the bumps of life.

courtesy pixabayI’d also have to say I find it easier to sing hallelujah to God when the path is smooth, than when it is dark and troubled.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t shout out my praises. It’s just harder to do. Not impossible.

Because he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God doesn’t change. He’s still the God who spoke the world into being and allowed his son to die a horrible death so we could live with him forever.

He is the God worthy of our hallelujahs no matter what the situation.

In the 23rd Psalm, David wrote that even when he walked through the valley of the shadow courtesy pixabayof death, God remained with David and he had everything he needed.

We can say the same thing.

Even on our darkest days, God remains with us and provides what we need.

When we turn our eyes to the one who loves us with an everlasting love, and trust him to work all things out for his glory, knowing nothing reaches us he didn’t plan or permit, our praise may come out in halting, stammering cries, but it will come out.

Still we will praise him.

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The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need. For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever. Psalm 23 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Mark Hall’s Surgery Went Well

Mark HallAccording to the Christian Post, Casting Crowns’ lead singer, Mark Hall, is out of surgery, and all went well.

Praise, God!

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — I Will Praise God

Isaiah 40I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done. I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you, Almighty God.                      Psalm 9:1-2 (GNT)

The Christmas traditions we’ve enjoyed for so many years, were scattered to the wind last month, due to my unexpected broken hip.

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart, because you are beyond traditions.

The total purchase, 50% off coupon I had for my favorite thrift store, regrettably, went unused before it expired, because I was too weak to maneuver through the store on my walker.

I will sing with joy because my resources do not limit my purchases to thrift stores.

The washing machine drain backed up, and water spewed onto the floor.

I will sing praise to you, Almighty God, that I have an indoor washing machine, and a husband who can work on the drain line to clear it.

In the midst of our struggles, disappointments, and sorrows, let’s not forget to praise our LORD with all our heart, and tell of the wonderful things He has done.

Regardless of the circumstances.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Still I Will Praise You

One of my devotions will be posted on Christian Devotions November 5, 2013. Please stop by and check out the site.

ChristianPhotos.netThe other day, I was thinking about the word, Hallelujah. I’ve read it in the Bible. I’ve sung it in songs. I’ve heard people shout it for various reasons. I’ve listened to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”. Wanting to be certain I understood the meaning of the word, I looked it up. Basically, hallelujah is used to express praise, joy, or thanks to God. It’s an exclamation of praise to our Creator. Yep. That’s what I thought. Praise, joy, and thanks.

Does that mean we praise God when things aren’t going well? When we have losses? Set-backs? Devastation? I think so. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In good times, and bad. He deserves our praise. All the time.

Adrianoupolitis_Konstantinos WikimediaWhen life hits me upside the head, I think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, whose story is told in the Old Testament book of Daniel. These three Hebrews were thrown into a furnace that was so hot, the soldiers who threw them in were killed. Before they were tossed into the fire, they told Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar they weren’t afraid. They knew God was able to deliver them. Whether he did, or not was up to God. (Daniel 3:14-30)

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Here’s what I cling to from this story…God can, but if he chooses not to, still I will praise him. Why? Because he is God, and I am not. He is sovereign. He is in control. Only he is worthy to be praised. Hallelujah.

Feel like you’ve been tossed into the fiery furnace? Look around. God’s still with you. No matter what.

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Then a voice came from the throne, saying:  “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.” Revelation 19:5-6

I wish you well.

Sandy

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