Welcome to “In His Praise”
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This well known and often quoted verse is found in Psalm 118:24. Many times these words are spoken to celebrate a new day or a special occasion, but in the book of Psalms it was spoken to acknowledge and celebrate that God would provide a way of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The unknown writer of Psalm 118 was actually speaking of future events and gives God the glory for His plan of salvation for us (Ps. 118:18-24).
Yes, we celebrate each new day as a gift from God, but we can also repeat this verse in praise of a God that loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus, the Savior who was resurrected to life and lives forever more to provide a path to salvation and eternal life for each of us.
Now that is good news! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
There are many in the world today that do not have all they need to survive. Many are poor, homeless or hungry. Many times we can help remedy these physical problems. We can donate needed supplies, we can provide safe housing, maybe even provide jobs for people. As Christians we are called upon to help our fellowman whenever possible.
But even when all physical needs are met, people can still feel empty and lack joy in their lives. Many who are wealthy and seemingly, “have everything money can buy” are still not happy. Riches and pleasures may bring joy for a short time, but eventually “things” stop working, relationships end, money runs out and the thrills we once knew are gone.
So many times we hunger and thirst for things of the world, that bring no lasting satisfaction.
There is an emptiness in our souls that can only be filled by the love of Christ. Only by accepting His salvation can we be fully satisfied. The good news is that when we repent from our sins and accept Christ salvation our lives can be changed immediately! Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
No longer do we need to look to the world to make us happy and complete. Happiness and contentment will come from within. Only the joy of knowing the Lord will bring this peace and fulfillment.
The good news today is that we can be set free by the blood of Jesus. The burden of our sins and wrong doing can be lifted. The insecurity of not knowing what the future holds can be made secure. The emptiness of an unfulfilled life can be filled.
No matter what our life has been, God can change it all. When we accept His salvation through Jesus Christ He takes away all our sin and wipes our slate clean. He remembers it no more. Read Psalm 103:11-12.
God lovingly sets us free from the the bondage from which we have been entrapped and then begins to change, cleanse, and renew our minds, our attitudes and our hearts.
Remember and claim this wonderful verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17, “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Thanks be to God!