June 23rd

“I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever.  Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and HIs greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.  On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate.  They shall speak of the mighty of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness.  They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud to Your righteousness."  Psalm 145: 1-7

When you read these verses what do you see as some of the key words?  The words that stick out to you?

I see a number of words that leap off the page.  The greatness of the Lord.  We read:  "Great is the Lord...greatly to be praised."  "I will declare Your greatness."   When we go through the struggles of life, we need to pause and think about how great is our Lord.

Another word is praise, bless, speak, declare.  That we need to "Extol the Lord", "Bless Your name forever."  "Every day I will bless You."  "Praise Your name forever and ever."  "Greatly to be praised."  "Commend Your works to others."  "Declare Your mighty acts."  "Shall speak of Your awesome deeds."  "Declare Your greatness."  "Shall sing aloud to Your righteousness."  We see here that David tells us we need to speak out our praise, blessing, and to declare it to others.  Something happens when we begin to speak out our praise and worship, God's Word."  It blesses the Lord, but it builds us up, encourages us and builds our faith!  "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  Today, open your mouths and begin to declare the praises of the Lord - "Great are you Lord."   It will change your perspective.

We see these two words together in these verses:  "I will."  I will extol the Lord.  I will bless You.  I will praise You.  I will meditate, I will declare Your greatness.  I will - not I will when I feel like it, I will when we get back into church this coming weekend, I will when life gets easier, I will when I feel better, I will when I get through this.  David tells us - "I will."  This is a choice that every single one of us must make right now today!


We are all facing things in life right now, but I need to make the church right now - that I will bless the Lord, praise the Lord, declare His greatness and goodness in our lives. 

My question to myself: "Will I?"  Will you?"

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