Passing on Praise to God
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. When called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands." Psalm 138
Having a positive attitude is highly admired by all, but it’s not as nearly as powerful as having a heart of praise for God. Maintaining a positive outlook is short lived, because it only takes a small bump in the road to cause you to fall off the wagon. Recently I attempted something different when faced with a challenge. I decided to ask all those concerned about my family and me to send scripture via text or email as we sought God through this difficult time. I knew that God’s word would lift my spirits and cause me to focus on Him. It was helpful, but I had no idea just how much until hindsight. There were days when I struggled with being too exhausted and too discouraged, but as I held my cell phone in my hand the scriptures started to pour in. I received scripture at all times of the day. Then all those concerned for me upped the bar and started to send me pictures of God’s amazing glory. I received pictures of glorious sunsets, rainbows in the sky after the rain, migrating monarch butterflies, brightly shining full moons in the dark night sky, favorite devotions and group selfies of friends with great big smiles expressing their love and continued concern.
When I asked for encouragement I received it and my heart was overwhelmed. In the evenings I cried myself to sleep with silent tears of joy. The last scripture I received was Psalm 138 and I sent it to everyone that encouraged me, because it expressed most how I felt. God is amazing and His love fills and overwhelms me until I have no words. Since I was encouraged and strengthened beyond my wildest dreams I gave all credit to God. Praising God is powerful and all victory belongs to Him!
I pray that every time someone is faithful to send out God’s word to another in praise that the greatest blessing goes to Him in the form of worship and may He greatly reward all who share His love with others.
Posted on Tue, March 31, 2015
by Sam Petitfils