In His Praise — January 16, 2022

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name.’ Psalm 103:1

We can read much about praising God in the Bible. There are many verses in both the Old and New Testaments.  This chapter in Psalms is just one that declares the greatness our God and expounds on His attributes. 

The psalmist listed many reasons why we should praise the Lord. 

Some of them are :

He forgives our sins,

He heals our sicknesses, 

He redeems our lives, 

He renews our strength, 

He has compassion for us, 

He is slow to anger 

and the list goes on.

Yes we have a mighty God that deserves all our praise, worship and thanksgiving! Take a few minutes to read Psalm 103 in its entirety. Let your heart and mind take in the message of God’s greatness, and you too will be filled with praise for our wonderful, mighty, kind and compassionate Father.

In His Praise — January 9, 2022

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

As children of God, we have a special purpose in life and this verse from Ephesians sums it up quite well. First of all we are something special — we are created by God. Secondly we have a purpose — once we are saved we are to do good works. Thirdly, we have direction  or a plan — God has already prepared the good things He wants us to do.

God’s children are never far from His heart. Psalm 139:16 reminds us that God had a plan for us even before we were born. What a great and loving Father we have! 

He forgives and forgets our sins when we repent and turn to Him (Hebrews 8:12),  and then He sets us on a new path (Psalm 40:2) with wonderful things we can do for Him.

Surely we should joyfully worship and serve Him everyday.

In His Praise — January 2, 2022

“I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

What a beautiful verse to claim as we begin a new year! We do not know what 2022 will hold for us. Each new day is a blessing from above, but we never know what may come our way in the course of each day.

 There are sure to be blessings and burdens, happy times and sad times. Some days may be delightfully easy, while others are difficult to get through. But thanks be to God, He has promised to be with us. 

We have nothing to fear for God himself has promised to hold our hand and help us. He is all we need to get through another day, another year, the rest of our lives.

In His Praise — December 19, 2021

Shout for joy before the Lord, the King.” Psalm 98:6b

As we lit the last two Advent candles today, we were reminded that because Jesus came to us, we too have a responsibility. We must share the Good News with others . 

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth this week, let us do so joyfully and with gladness in our hearts, so that others will see His light shining brightly. Let our celebrations be full of awe and worship for this wonderful Savior. Let our celebrations be a witness to others, so that they too may come to know the “Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

In His Praise — December 12, 2021

“Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all the people.” Luke 2:10

Today is the third Sunday of Advent and the good news today is that not only did Jesus, the Savior, come, but He came for all people!  The salvation that Jesus brought was not just for a select group of people. It was not just for those alive during this period of time,  nor was it just for those that the angels spoke to first hand — IT IS FOR EVERYBODY throughout all time! 

No matter who you are, rich or poor, young or old; no matter what your status in this life is — Jesus came for you! Jesus was born and lived and died because He loves you and through His death and resurrection He offers you salvation and eternal life!

What a wonderful Christmas gift! 

There is none better!

In His Praise — December 5, 2021

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14

What good news this second Sunday of Advent brings! Not only was Jesus born to save us from our sins, but He  lived among the people of His day; and He still  lives among us! In fact, His name was called Immanuel, which means “God with us”. (Paraphrased Isaiah 7:14)

As children of God we have Jesus living in our hearts. He goes with us throughout our daily activities. He shields us from harm, blesses us in more ways than we know and He gives us guidance and help throughout our lives. 

What a blessing to know that Emmanuel will never leave us!

In His Praise — November 28, 2021

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk  in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. In definition the word advent means arrival. In the church Advent is a time to prepare once again for the celebration of the birth of Christ. It is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Today we heard that Jesus came to be a light in a dark world. What wonderful news this must have been for people of long ago, — the poor, the sick, the hurting, the lonely. They finally had hope and joy; and someone was coming that really cared about THEM! Someone that could free them from the bondages of their everyday struggles.

The same is true today. We still have those that are poor, sick, hurting, lonely and so much more. This same Jesus comes to individuals today too! In loving kindness He gives us joy in our hearts and peace in our lives. He heals the sick and comforts those that are hurting or lonely.

 Isaiah 61 foretold this about Jesus, and Jesus Himself quotes that same scripture in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Yes, Jesus’ birth was a blessing for people of long ago, but we today continue to be blessed by His birth.  Jesus came to seek and save, and through Him we can have salvation and experience real love.

Let’s share that good news with others.

In His Praise — November 21, 2021

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those that seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgement he has pronounced,” Psalm 105:1-5

Although Thanksgiving Day is in the forefront of our minds, let us find ways everyday to say thank you to our great and loving Lord. These verses from the book of Psalms encourage us to do  just that. We should worship and praise God all the time and share with others what He has done in our lives. 

He is a great God and greatly to be praised! (Psalm 145:3, paraphrased)

In His Praise — November 14, 2021

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Matthew 6:9b

These are the words Jesus used to begin His prayer to Father God. Many of us know this prayer (the Lord’s Prayer) by heart and have repeated it numerous times. It is very familiar to Christians. 

 Let’s look at what this first sentence really means though. As we address God and approach His throne, it should be with the utmost respect, reverence and humility. This simple verse does that very thing. The word “hallowed” means to be made holy or consecrated, another description says to be greatly revered or honored. 

Jesus was giving praise, honor and reverence to God. That is the example we should follow whenever we speak these words. Our hearts and minds should be filled with praise and worship for our awesome God and we should desire to bring Him the glory that He alone deserves.

We should never become complacent about their meaning or just repeat them out habit or custom. As we pray and communicate with God, let us always lift Him up and praise His greatness. 

In His Praise — November 7, 2021

“The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” Psalm 145:13b

 This verse  should fill our hearts with praise and thankfulness. It should make us overflow with joy to know that we serve such a God  as this. One whose word is full of real promises for us. Promises that are true. Promises that will never change or go away, for God never changes His mind or takes back His word. We can depend on God to do whatever He has said He will do.

The second half of this verse is just as reassuring as the first part. It reminds us that God is loving to all he has made. That’s us! We are God’s creation and although we sin and do not always please Him, God  always loves us. What a kind and compassionate Father we serve!

So as we read the scriptures and find these wonderful promises from our Lord, remember the words from Psalm 145.

 God is faithful —you can believe Him, and you can depend on Him. 

God is loving —His love  for us and goodness toward us never ends.