Monday, October 3, 2016

P is for Praise - Day #3 of 31 Days to Fill Your Spiritual Jewelry Box

You are awesome! Great job! Beautiful! 

When was the last time you praised someone? I don’t mean thanked them for something, but praised them. 

In our culture praise is given to others in many ways. We give accolades, crowns, flowers, parades, rings, trophies, and on and on. Scripture tells us to praise God. 

Growing up I watched the Miss America pageant every year. The winner received a crown, flowers, and the Miss America song was sung in her honor. She received praise for her beauty. 

During the Olympics, athletes represent their country and compete for a gold medal. My favorites are gymnastics. The winners stand on a platform and receive a medal, flowers, and their country’s National Anthem is played. They receive praise for their talent, ability, and hard work to win the prize. 

Athletes in different sports entertain us each week in competition. The team that wins it all in their field is honored and praised with trophies and rings, marching bands, and cheering crowds. They receive praise for winning the final competition. 

God is the almighty, the life-giver of all things, the creator of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of Lords, king of kings, name above all names, our rock, our redeemer, our refuge, and righteous. He is in first place (or should be). He is God! 

So where are the parades and cheering crowds and songs? Okay, we sing praises to God on Sunday, but does it end there? Are we praising Him daily? Our prayers should begin with Praise. 

The P in our Pearls is for Praise. 

Thank God for what He does, but Praise Him for who He is. Praise has nothing to do with our circumstances. It’s all about God and His glory. 

When we begin our prayers with praising God, our focus changes. We can’t stay focused on problems when we are focused on Him. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.” 

I challenge you to begin your day with prayer and to begin your prayer with praising God. Prayer sets the tone for your day, but praise sets the focus of your prayer. 

“For You are great and do wondrous things. You alone are God. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore” (Psalm 86:10,12).

Praise Him with your whole heart, with everything you are. 

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

Proclaim His praises. 



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