It’s a Beautiful Day to Praise God!

I woke up early and took my bible out on the front porch to watch the world take light.  As the sun began to warm the earth with His warmth and light, the Bible opened to the Wisdom of Ben Sira:

The beauty of the celestial height and the pure firmament, heaven itself manifests its glory.  The sun at its rising shines at its fullest, a wonderful instrument, the work of the Most High!

Sirach 43:1-2

Although it stormed most of the night, God’s beauty continues to shine around us.  We lost electrical power during the night — just further evidence that our man-made power is no match for God’s power.  But no matter how dark the night or how powerful the storm, God always continues to shine His light around us, and His light is beautiful!

Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor; It spans the heavens with its glory, the hand of God has stretched it out in power.

Sirach 43:11-12

The peacefulness of the morning surrounds me.  The melodious sound of the birds waking up and singing their own praises to the Lord is inspiring.  All I can think is how glorious is our God!  The Bible pages that opened before me capture my thoughts:

More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is the all!

Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works; Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power.

Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more.

Extol him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom him.  For who has seen him and can describe him?  Who can praise him as he is?  Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of his works have I seen.  It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear him he gives wisdom.

Sirach 43:27-33

O God!  You are wonderful indeed!  Thank you for giving me this beautiful day and for holding me through the storms.  The green of new life pops brightly against the clear blue tranquil sky.  I am renewed!  Let my praise be not hollow.  You surround us with beauty, with love and with hope, as each day your light shines forth, if we take the time to see.  Help me to see.  Help me to take the time to see.  Send me as your messenger, if that is your will.  Prepare me for the storms that are surely to be ahead.  You are my light!  Help me to keep my eyes on you!

 

Pray, Praise, Confess, Save

Pray, Praise, Confess, Save.  This is what the Bible tells me tonight.

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.   Elijah was a human being like us; yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land.  Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the earth produced its fruit.

 My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

James 5:13-20

When we are suffering, we need to pray.  When others are suffering, we need to pray with and for them.  (Someone is always suffering — so we should always be praying.)  When things are good, we should praise.  There is so much to be thankful for (even during our suffering).  When we sin (which is daily) we need to confess — to each other and to God.  Confess to each other, so we can pray for each other.  And when someone strays, we need to help bring them back.  We can help save.

Pray, Praise, Confess, Save: four things we can do every day.

Lord,

You are truly almighty and know all things.  You know what we need and what our hearts truly desire.  You continue to amaze me.  Thank you for another beautiful day.  Thank you for my family and friends.  I am truly blessed.  Please take care of all those who are suffering tonight.  Bless them with the knowledge of your love.  Forgive me for my sins.  Forgive me for not being patient and kind.  Forgive me for not always following the straight path to you.  Help me to help others who stray from your path.  Help me to model your love.  Help me to share my faith with others.

 

Praise God!

It is Sunday.  A day to praise and worship God.  The Bible agreed this morning, as it opened here:

On that same day, David appointed Asaph and his brothers to sing for the first time these praises of the LORD:

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds.  Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds.  Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!

Rely on the mighty LORD; constantly seek his face.

Recall the wondrous deeds he has done, his signs, and his words of judgment, You sons of Israel, his servants, offspring of Jacob, the chosen ones!  The LORD is our God; who rules the whole earth.  He remembers forever his covenant the pact imposed for a thousand generations— Which was made with Abraham, confirmed by oath to Isaac, And ratified as binding for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel: “To you will I give the land of Canaan, your own allotted heritage.”  When they were few in number, a handful, and strangers there, Wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another, He let no one oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: “Do not touch my anointed, to my prophets do no harm.”

Sing to the LORD, all the earth, announce his salvation, day after day.  Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.  For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; to be feared above all gods.  For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty go before him;  power and rejoicing are in his holy place.

Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; Give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and come before him; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness.  Tremble before him, all the earth; the world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let them say among the nations: The LORD is king.  Let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!  Then let all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD, who comes, who comes to rule the earth.

Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever; And say, “Save us, O God, our savior, gather us and deliver us from among the nations, That we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in praising you.  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!

Let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah.

1 Chronicles 16:7-36

Amen!

Twice David tells us: Give thanks to God!  Being grateful seems like a lost attribute in today’s world (perhaps it was in ancient times as well).

Call on His name. Constantly seek His face.  Rely on God.  (How often do we forget to ask?  To call out to God when we need Him — and even when we think we don’t need Him?  How often do we doubt and fail to trust that His way is the right way — to be confident that we can rely on Him?)

Sing to the Lord.  Spread the joy of God. God has done mighty deeds.  Announce His salvation day after day.  Tell all the earth of his glory.   There can be no doubt that what the world needs now, is God!  Who is going to tell the world this?  It takes us all of us to do that.  Sing of God’s goodness.  Let all the earth rejoice!  Give all glory to God!

His love endures forever!

Thank you God for another beautiful day! Thank you for every breath and heartbeat that you provide even when we do not take full advantage of them, even when we do not use them to glorify your name.  You are my King!  You are my Savior!

Save us O God!