Psalm 145:1-2 Everyday Doings

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I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2 

There are things that people do every day. Some things are the same with most ever person all over the world, such as eating, drinking, putting on clothes, and sleeping. Some things that are done are done involuntarily, such as breathing.

Along with the normal things that people do, there are some things that some do and some do not do. Some people will do some type of exercise every day, such as lifting weights, running, swimming, or some other exercise.

Many have hobbies that they strive to work on every day a little. This can be sewing, reading, writing, painting, or some other hobby.

These things are done either out of necessity or because they like doing it.

David tells God that he will exalt and praise His name every day for ever and ever. Not only will he praise, but will do it with excitement and joy.

One reason many people do a lot of hobbies is to escape the struggles and pressures of this life. Every day there are many difficulties that people must face and so they turn to something to help them cope with it.

Believers can praise God. This turns the focus off the problems and onto God. And the list of what a person can praise God for is endless.

One only has to think about what Jesus did on the cross for him to make him break out in praise to God for His great love and sacrifice. Each moment that a person has breath to breathe is a reason to praise God. There is no end for reasons to praise God.

When life is going good for you and there are no major struggles, praise God. At the same time, when there are struggles in your life that are weighing you down and feel like they are crushing you, praise God.

Make praising God your number one priority to accomplish every day. Seek a way to praise God every hour that you are awake of every day.

The more you praise God, the more you will want to praise God. The more you realize how great God is, the more you will realize how great He really is.

Praising God should be your greatest hobby each day.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s sacrifice for you; that you will know the blessings God has given you; and that you will praise God every day in every situation with great joy.

John 2:17 What Consumes You

“His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

Jesus went into the temple courts and found many people selling things in there. It had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. He gets angry with the people and drives them out of there. At that point the disciples remembered a verse from Psalm 69:9 that zeal for God’s house would consume Him.

Many people get excited about many different things. They allow their time to be used for various things in their life. Often they are hobbies that they enjoy doing. Others get a joy with their work.

This excitement is usually taken to an extreme, to the point where they are consumed with it. They will spend all their time and money on that hobby. Some of those hobbies might be hunting, gaming, golfing, watching sports, or something else enjoyed.

While none of these are bad things to do, a person should not be consumed with them. One should not spend all their waking moments doing one thing.

The one thing that should consume a person is being in God’s presence. In order to be in God’s presence, you must be in the temple that He is in.

The world has many temples everywhere you go. There are temples built to everything you can imagine: jobs, hobbies, sports, friends, homes, and more.

You are the temple of God if you allow God to dwell there. Fleeing and repenting of all sin will allow God to dwell in you. Worship God wherever you are, not just in church on Sunday.

Be consumed with the need to keep God’s temple pure and holy for Him. Do not allow it to become defiled and dirty. Put the time into it as many put time into their favorite hobbies.

Keep your focus on God and His holiness and righteousness. Live the righteous live that Jesus has provided you.

Whose house/temple are you consumed with today?

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will have zeal for what God has zeal for; that you will keep God’s house pure and holy; that God will make His dwelling in you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.