Please note: Every morning when my father blesses me to see another day to continue in His purpose for my life, I give Him all praise and honor for He is my Lord and King. I am truly grateful! Praise the Lord, all you who fear Him! Honor Him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show Him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23 NLT
Focus Point: But, do you recognize who the Lord God is? Do you see Him in your daily life and everyday situations? Can you see His hand on your life? What does He really mean to you? Is He only religious symbols and traditions? Is that how you see Him? Or is He a crucial part of how you live your life? King David knew who the Lord God was and how He impacted his daily life! Praise the Lord! For He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:6-7 NLT Praising and acknowledging my Lord and King is my lifestyle. It is as normal to me as breathing! Is it that way for you? By the way, you should live your life in such a way that He gets all the praise and honor for everything in your life. Not in a religious manner, but as an integral part of life and everyday conversation. Every day there is something to praise Him for. If you don’t see it, change your focus and He will show you. Strive to be an example for all the world to see.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Psalm 34:1-7
Focus Point: When you are praising the King and trusting in Him there is no room for fear or disappointment because He is righteous. If you trust in Him, no matter what happens in life, you know that He will take care of you and all will work together for your good in the Lord God’s time. His Word is true and is to be praised. In God (I will praise His Word), In the Lord (I will praise His Word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:10-11
Be aware that if you acknowledge Him through your praise regardless of your current situation, your protection in Him is cemented. I am a living example of that! Never be ashamed to praise your Lord and King, regardless of where you may be. King David made this claim: I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. Psalm 57:9 I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise You with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of You, meditating on You through the night. Psalm 63:4-6 NLT
When you are praising your King in all His righteousness there is no room for the enemy to come into your life. His territory is the world and has no part in the Kingdom of God. We should always have a posture of praise and honor to the Lord God for sending His Son Jesus the Christ to this world for us. That alone is enough to praise Him! For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 It is because of King Jesus that we have a second chance.
I encourage you to cultivate a habit of praise and gratitude in your daily life, no matter what is going on around you. Every day, find at least three things to praise Him for. You may already be doing this—Praise the Lord! But if you aren’t, start right now. Even if life seems horrible, there is always something to thank Him for. It will snowball and your “praise list” will grow!
I will end this in praise to my King for His goodness to Arlene and I:
“The Lord God is so good! You protect our health and safety. Lord we thank You for placing us in a home where peace rules. We thank You that it feels as though You have placed us in a sheltered place, protected from the chaos and sicknesses of this world. We thank you for meeting all our needs. We thank You for wisdom and discernment. Father we thank You for guiding our steps and leading us where You would have us go. We thank You for our children and our friends and for all those you have led to our website. Father we even thank you for all the beautiful birds we see in our yard! Your Creation brings joy to our spirit! Lord we know that even our “little joys” are important to you! And Father we praise You for bringing us through 2020 and into 2021 unharmed and at peace in our home and town. Lord we love You. If we have ever placed anything or anyone before You, we repent and seek to go into 2021 completely focused on You and Your Kingdom! Praise the Lord for everything in our lives, for even any bad You will use for Your glory and to further fulfill Your purpose for our lives! You are Glorious!”
Remember, your faith in the Lord Jesus the Christ is your greatest asset in the Kingdom! Enter into the new year in praise!
All scriptures are New King James except where noted.
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