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Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Attitude of Praise

(Bible Translation and Location: New Living Translations – Psalm 34:1-3)
Thoughts:
We have just celebrated Thanksgiving, a day set aside on our calendars just to give thanks; a holiday given by most employers to enable us to gather together with family and give thanks! However as I read these verses I was reminded that God wants us to know, through His servant David, that we have daily blessings and should therefore be in an attitude of thanksgiving at all times. Now I know that will sound strange to many, because intentionally trying to be in an attitude of praise, even when things may not be going as planned, or desired, is at best very challenging. You know, I once heard that instead of whining and complaining about a broken arm, try thanking God for the other, whole arm that you have. Friends, God is so good to us, yet we find so much to complain about. I am not exempt from this scolding, but oh how I wish that I could have the desire and will-power to always be like David and his teaching in this Psalm. Let us always acknowledge the glory, wisdom, power and love of our God at all times, and let us give thanks always, friends! What a Mighty God we serve!
Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank You for your love and Your goodness to us! You are so good to us! Please help us to realize and always acknowledge how blessed we are, and to stop whining about things that we don’t really need. We are a sorry bunch, dear Lord, yet because of your awesome hand upon us, we should be so appreciative and so filled with thankfulness and praise at all times. Please continue to mold us into a thankful people, and may Your love shine through us to help others that we come into contact with. I love You Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You, with all that I am or ever hope to be. I praise You, ask Your forgiveness for my littleness and look forward to lifting up my voice in praise to you on a regular basis, for I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
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