Friday, November 10, 2017

Praise God for His Strength and Power

Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Psalm 68:34-35 (ESV)

David continues praising God for His power and strength. At the same time, he tells us to recognize that God is the source of our strength. He reminds us to continue to give praise for the LORD’s attributes. It is God who gives us strength to meet our needs and the power to stand for Him.

This passage reminds me of the words of Paul, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I have had times when I felt I just couldn’t do something that I had planned. Then, I continue and do that activity. After that time, I find myself amazed that I had accomplished that task—in spite of myself. Reflecting on those things, I realize that God was there giving me strength, support, and power.   

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sing Praises to the LORD

O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the LORD, (Selah)
To him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens,
behold he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Psalm 68:32-33 (ESV)

David penned these words to the choirmaster.
He directs the nations to sing to the Father and magnifies his thought by telling the people groups to sing praises to God. Then David tells us to intently study that thought. (Selah) God is over the heavens and has been since before He created the earth. God speaks over the earth. At times He has to get our attention, then He uses a booming voice that, no matter who we are, we have to listen to.

Some of my friends choose not to sing, even in a large congregation. They tell others that they can’t sing. Psalm 100 tells us to make a joyful noise to the Lord. We sing as a part of our worship. I have sung in the choirs of two churches, but I was not a soloist. I had to quit because of an ear problem and a chronic cough. However, I still sing out when I am in corporate worship. As I stated earlier, I try to start my day with what I will call mental singing—a song gets into my brain and my heart and I hear it throughout the day.

God’s children know He can be found everywhere and can be heard in the smallest whispers. However when His people allow things to get ‘out of hand,’ the Father has to get stern with us and get our attention by showing His strength in ways that we have to stand back and watch.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Praise God for the Strength He Gives

Both riches and honor come from you and rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all.  1 Chronicles 29:12 (ESV)

All we have or ever will possess comes from God. David says here that God gives riches and honor. He also writes that God is all powerful and mighty. He gives us the strength and the power to withstand what life brings to us.

If we dislike having to do laundry, we should think of those who do not have warm clothing. If we dislike having to straighten up and clean our homes, we should remember and pray for those who are homeless. If our children upset us, we should remember those who have lost children and ask God to comfort them. If we have difficulties about our jobs, we should remember those parents who can’t put food on the table for their families. We should always give thanks for our families, our homes, and for the warm clothing we have and the means to own them.

Everything we have, all we are and ever will be come from God and his watch care over us. We learn to praise Him as He cares for us during the times we walk through the valleys of our lives. God gives us the strength we need to get through the toughest circumstances of our lives.

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