Friday, February 5, 2016

Praise and Thanksgiving ~ Choosing Joy and Peace

"Praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life.  It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith.  It is a healthful and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse fo the believer, and nerves him for fresh enterprises in his Master's service."
- Charles Spurgeon -

"O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
- Matthew 14:31b -

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee:
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:
for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion:
declare among the people his doings.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; …
That I may shew forth all thy praise 
in the gates of the daughter of Zion:
I will rejoice in thy salvation.”
~ taken from Psalm 9 ~
This morning as I was studying and meditating on God's word, I was so convicted as I read.  Just in Psalms alone we are told over and over to praise the Lord, to thank the Lord, to sing to the Lord, to rejoice in the Lord, to declare His name.  Our Lord has blessed us beyond words.  His saving grace towards His children and all His benefits to us to innumerable!  As Christians, we have no reason to be down cast.  We have every reason to be full of joy and praising His name at all times.  Truly, how can we not be full of joy?! May the Lord forgive us for the times when we take our eyes off of Him - for this is when we lose our joy and peace.

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
- Proverbs 23:7a -

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee."
- Isaiah 26:3 -
Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  It is all in where we choose to focus - where we choose to put our minds.  And we must remember that:

"Ye are of God, little children,
and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world."
~ 1 John 4:4 ~

Let us choose to set our minds on praising and thanking our Lord, to have joy and peace in Him, and to declare His wonderful name and amazing works.  As we look to His word and think on Him and all He has done, who can help but not praise and thank Him with a joyful heart?
May ye each have a wonderful weekend, and be encouraged and refreshed spiritually!


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