Hearts Filled with Praise

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“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits –

who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases…..

Psalm 103: 1-3

Praise the Lord! We are to love God with all of our internal being, meaning with all our heart, soul and mind. These beautiful words remind us, of God’s will for our spiritual lives. Yes, doctrine is important but praising Him from our hearts is #1.

And in praising Him we are to remember who He is, that He forgives our sins. Hallelujah! The Psalms so wonderfully bring out how we should focus on Him and His greatness.

Now with healing some take these words, and others in the Scripture to mean that if we have faith enough we will always be healed. That’s not actually the meaning, because if that was the case, we would always stay young, never aging, and never die.

There is not only a natural order to the world God has created, but these words are speaking of God’s overall power. He has power over everything doesn’t He? The point is He is so great he has power over illnesses and if he chooses to, He will bring about healing. So whether or not someone is healed we can still praise God because of His unsurpassed greatness. Hallelujah!

By the way did you know that the actual meaning of the word, “hallelujah” means “Praise be to God?” It’s true!

Lord God, may we always praise You, Our God! May we focus our hearts on Your power and on Your love for us! Amen.

   

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A Prayer to Forgive

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Lord God, I confess I’m not really good at this, walking

with You is always refreshing, like a stream

through my heart, but to forgive?

Please remove these knives

from my back.

I do trust in You My God,

so help me to surrender even this

to You, I can hardly say

the words, “I forgive….”

Please help me

to keep forgiving.

     

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For God So Loved Us

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“For God so loved the world

that he gave…..”

John 3:16a

If there is anything that we can agree upon, anything that we get right…..it is this powerful truth that God loves us.

We may debate different doctrines, we may get tangled up in our own bitterness, or lost in some other perceived light……but this truth stands alone as a way of pulling us back towards Him.

Imagine – the Creator of the universe knowing everything about you, and loving you anyway. And He offers forgiveness when we need it. Hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for Your amazing love! We praise you and thank you, with grateful hearts. Amen.

    

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I Will Sing of Your Love and Justice

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“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life……”

Psalm 101: 1, 2a

Sometimes we have the wrong impression about God don’t we? We can often think of Him only as a loving God, where is like a doting Grandfather, winking kindly if we do wrong. Nope, that ain’t it!

But sometimes well-meaning people can be too harsh! They can almost sound glad that God will judge those wicked sinners! That ain’t it either.

We are each accountable for the things we do in this life. God is both love and justice, in fact, the perfect balance of the two.

Here’s an example: What parent would be a good parent if we allowed our children to play in a busy street, where there are cars going back and forth? We keep them safe by giving them parameters to live by.

And notice the response of the psalmist here. He praises God and wants to live a blameless life. He is very much connected in his relationship to the Lord God.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for You, remembering You want the best for us! Amen, and amen!

    

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In Giving We Receive

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“…for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning

that we are pardoned; And it is in dying

that we are born

to eternal life.”

from the Poem of St. Francis

 As we give our lives to serving God it is indeed a surrender. In that sense, we let go of ourselves, and we truly receive so many spiritual blessings in return. This also reminds me of the phrase we reap what we sow. A farmer plants seeds, and in return those seeds grow, and hopefully one day will produce food.

And we are to forgive others, the way we have been forgiven, unconditionally. Not that we agree with the wrong done to us, but we let it go and trust God to work it all out.

Heavenly Father, help us to be forgiving of others and giving of ourselves – first and foremost to you, and also to others. Amen.

P. S. See you on Monday!

   

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Bringing Healing

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“…where there is darkness, light; O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

 Did you know that part of our job on earth is to bring healing, as we are able? St. Francis had it right, that what we should be seeking is – understanding others, consoling them when we can, and loving them. That’s not always easy is it?

But that’s why we are here, and that is how we bring light into the darkness! Now I’m not saying forget about the Gospel, but how much do we care about people? We need to show compassion, and sometimes preaching may have to wait. Because if we don’t show we care, they will see that very quickly, and dismiss anything we have to say.

Heavenly Father, help us to care about others. Help us to be in a sense – healers, bringing light into the darkness! Amen.

P.S. The rest of this beautiful prayer will be shared tomorrow.

      

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Walk Humbly with Your God

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“He has shown you, O mortal,

what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly

with your God.”

Micah 6:8

This is such a powerful verse. Too often we say there is no grace in the Old Testament. This is one of those examples of grace that I love.

And we are not only to accept mercy, we are to give mercy to others.

And we are supposed to be humble. Ever met a proud religious person? It’s awful! Sometimes a proud person can do more damage in the name of God, than anyone else.

Lord God, please help us to be humble, full of mercy, and to walk humbly with you! Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible