Praise the Lord

PTL-1Psalm 33:1-3, Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2  Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3  Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Psalm 34:1-3, I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 40:1-5, I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5  Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

PTL_2Psalm 103:1-5,  Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

There’s nothing like reading the Psalms to remind us of how great our God is, and that He is worthy to be praised. God desires, demands, and, above all else, deserves our praise. He has saved us. He has blessed us. He is blessing us. And, he will continue to bless us because we are His redeemed children. All that we have, and all that we are, is simply because of God’s “Amazing Grace.”

I am doing a study in the scriptures on the blessed man. Friend, we are a blessed people. Unfortunately, as we journey with Jesus, and we find ourselves on some rough patches in the road, we can, if we are not careful, find ourselves forgetting just how blessed we are. I read the following a few days ago. A good reminder:

  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness— you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation— you are better off than five hundred million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting, or not attend one, without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death— you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep— you are richer than 75 percent  of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, or spare change in a dish someplace— you rank among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
  • If you can read this book— you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. So count your blessings and remind everyone else how blessed we all are!

PTL3Take some time today, and everyday, to thank and praise the Lord for all of his benefits. Take some time today to “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it’ll surprise you to see what God hath done.”

Just reflecting on His Goodness!!!

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