Friday, July 9, 2010
“My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long.” Psalm 71:8
When we give praise to God, it is about Him, about what He has done for us. Whether the Father empowers us to action, heals us or our family members, guides us through tough times, or just gives us rest.
We ask Him to help us through circumstances, then we see His answer. It should be our immediate response to say, “ Praise the Lord” or “Thank you, Lord”
A few years ago, I realized I spent all my prayer time giving God a grocery list of requests. I felt guilty of selfishly asking God for things and not giving thanks. I decided to reserve the last page of my prayer list for praises to God. I started out by mentally searching through my day or the day before to find one thing about which I can praise Him. Presently, I now keep my prayer list on my word processor, I still reserve the last section of my prayer list for praises. One positive outcome from this exercise is I have days where I list several items. Another good outcome is I feel better after I offer praise to Him.
One thing I noticed about my praise items is they all start with “God provided” or “God showed me” or “God allowed”. A recent one was, “God allowed me to hold a baby at church.” I felt this was an important one for me to record because my fibromyalgia and a bad shoulder has made me cautious, almost fearful to hold small children..