Thursday, September 2, 2010
The Need to Praise
The Lord is compassionate and gracious;
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse;
nor will he harbor his anger forever.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 103: 8-10
I praise God for leading me to Him. Without my knowing Him, I couldn’t have made it through the travails that came into my life.
I praise God for working in the life of my family. I thank Him for saving my husband from his former destructive habit.
I thank God for my friends. While I have been dealing with my husband’s latest health issue, they stood by me and loved us. My two closest friends are each facing health issues of a family member. I know God is with them, as He was with me.
I praise God for His providence. He provided us with jobs so we could have shelter and food.
I praise God for His grace and mercy. He gives me things I don’t deserve (grace) and He doesn’t give me what I do deserve (mercy). Looking back on my life, I see things I did that were not nice. One time I felt led to write a note of apology to a neighbor of a friend. When I met this neighbor, I didn’t recognize her. A short time later her dad died. When I read her name in the obituary, my heart broke. I sent the note. When she received it, she called me. She accepted my apology and said something like, “If you said that, you probably had reason.” But she didn’t remember my saying anything inappropriate.
I praise God for his handiwork and creativity. He allows his world to display His beauty. We are advancing into the part of the year that can display the brightest colors of His palette. I have no favorite season of the year. I like the colors and the scents of autumn. I enjoy the seasons of summer the short times the different vegetables and fruits are plentiful. I watch with expectation as the grass regains its color and the flowering trees bloom through the spring. I can even enjoy the sight of fresh fallen snow on an open area at our nearby city park or in our side yard. It’s all His creation for us to enjoy.