I will Bless The Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 ESV
There are many events that bring excitement and joy to my life: Falling in love; spending quality time with my husband, family, friends; the birth of a baby; basking in retirement; my favorite team scoring the winning points; an item on sale; the opportunity to adore my grandchildren; and learning to type cell phone messages with my thumbs instead of one finger; just to name a few of my favorite things.
What are your preferences? Does thinking about a few of your favorite things bring a smile to your face? I never speak for others; but I am willing to take a risk and answer a resounding “yes.”
However, do we possess that same excitement for the love, grace, and mercy extended to us from God on a daily basis?
I recently watched a live video of a youth choir sing two beautiful songs and the majority of the congregation sat and listened with flat expressions as if it were a boring secular experience.
This observation is not about condemning others for their personal style of worshipping God. We often confuse the outward expressions of praise or the lack of outward expressions as a sign of fervent love for God.
I am simply expressing a fact: God deserves more than silence!
Worshipping God is having a heart full of love for God. It takes action on our part to possess an ongoing mindset of gratitude and thanksgiving.
We express our worship through smiling, tears of joy, singing, praying, audible or inaudible praise, studying the Word of God, giving a faithful tithe and offerings, and witnessing to others.
Our lives and our characters reflect our LOVE relationship with God.
Do not let the Storms of Life distract and prevent you from giving God the praise that He rightfully deserves!
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (last part) Nehemiah 8:10
When I reflect on my life and the goodness and mercies that God has given to me: I can’t stop praising His name.
Our God is awesome and He knows that He will always be number one in my life: He is above and beyond placing Him on a secular list of things that bring joy to my life.
I love you God, you are my joy, you are my strength, you are my life!
Challenge for today: Begin to praise God at all times, and for all things.
Verse for today; Come let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God: I love you. Thank you God for my life, my health, my strength, and the ability to praise you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz