September 19, 2019 Give Thanks

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Psalm 9:2 Be Glad

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I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 

Walking down a busy street in a major city, one will see hundreds of people walking. Out of those hundreds of people walking, only a few will be showing a smile on their face, if any are actually smiling.

Very few people go about their day being glad. Usually they are upset about something not going right, or they just don’t want to be where they are at.

It is common to hear people complaining about something all the time in a workplace. The more people that work there, the higher the chance of someone complaining. There is no gladness or joy in their lives.

Despite all the enemies against him and his life always being in danger, David said that he would be glad and sing praises about God. He made a conscious choice to be glad and to rejoice in God. He made a conscious effort to sing praises about God.

The world is not alone in people not being glad. Going to a church one will see many people with sadness in their faces, there is no joy and gladness in their appearance. And these are the believers, the ones who should be full of joy. Ask many people what praise report they have of what God is doing in their lives and most people have nothing to say.

Every believer should always be full of gladness and joy. They have the greatest gifts ever–forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No matter what life gives a believer, he can know he has life, this should put gladness on his face and a song in his heart of praise. He should not be able to stop talking about how great God is. It is a choice to be made.

Take a moment to think about how much God has done for you already. Think about how great His love for you is. Think about what Jesus did for you in the cross. These few things should make you very glad. It should give you an endless list of things to praise about God to others.

As you go through your day, put a smile on your face and be glad. Show the world that you believe in God, that He is in control and you really do have a great life. It is your choice to be glad, choose it.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will see what God has done for you; that you will have gladness of God in your life; and that you will constantly sing praises of who God is and what He has done.

Job 1:21 Praise God No Matter What Happens

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And said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21

In life many things happen that people do not usually have control over. Bad things happen and things fall apart, things that are not expected to fall apart. There are periods in the lives of many people where if anything can go wrong, it does.

During these times, many people feel as though God is against them and hates them. Many will turn away from God and leave the church in bitter anger against God, because of the constant trouble in their lives.

The majority of people think that God should give them an easy life with no problems or difficulties. Yet, Jesus had promised that there would be trouble in this world.

Job had been serving God faithfully when he got the message that all of his livestock and children were killed in a single day. Every thing he had was taken from him. Immediately upon hearing the message, Job fell down in worship to God and praised God anyways.

Job had the mindset that he came into this world with nothing and that all he had was given to him by God. God gave it to him and He can take it away. Either way God was to be praised. He trusted God’s decisions.

In order for a believer to have the same mindset as Job, he must realize that he had nothing when he came into this world. There is also nothing in this world that will last for eternity, except the souls of men and women and God. Without God no one has anything, not even life.

Job had done nothing wrong, but was being tested by God. God was proving to Satan that Job would not sin against Him under pressure. Job did not and in fact gave God praise in spite of the terrible messages brought to him.

You will have troubles in this world. Some of it will be brought on by your choices, others will be by the choices of others, and yet, others will be God allowing things to happen to test you. Regardless of why you go through troubles, praise God and trust His judgement in your life. He knows what is best for you.

Give God praise regardless of what happens. It will be worth it in the end with eternal life.

I pray today that you will trust God’s judgements in your life; that you will praise God in every circumstance; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will honor God with all you say and do. 

Deuteronomy 32:3 Proclaim God’s Name

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I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Deuteronomy 32:3

To proclaim something is to talk about it, to let something be known to others. It is to open about some information or news.

Many years ago in nations that had a king, the king would have people who were town criers. They would go out through a town crying, shouting out loud, that the king had some news for the people. Later in time, the newspaper companies had people walking around to sell papers. As they would try to sell the papers, they would shout out loud some part of the news to get the people’s attention to buy the paper.

Those people were not ashamed to shout out that they had some important information that they felt every person needed to hear about. They did not keep silent with what they knew.

Today when people know of some great news, they are quick to talk about it. When they know of some great person, who does great work, they are quick to tell others about that person.

As Moses is getting ready for his death, he states that he proclaims the name of the Lord and praises God’s greatness. He will not be silent with what he knows about God.

The world really does not know who God is. They do not know what He can do or has done. People need to let the people know this information.

God has many names that are attached to His name. He is God the Healer, God the Provider, God our Salvation, God our Helper, God our Peace, God our Banner and many more. Believers can go around proclaiming these names of God.

Take a moment and think about all the great things God has done for you and how great He really is to you. This is great news! Now you need to take the time to proclaim what you know.

Do not be ashamed to shout this information on the streets and from the rooftop. You have the greatest news the world has ever heard. No news story can top the greatness of the news of Jesus.

As you praise God for what He has done or is doing in your life, proclaim it to this dark and dying world. Tell everyone what you know about God. Let them know Jesus.

What can you shout out today?

I pray today that you will realize how great God is; that you will proclaim the news of Jesus to this world; that you will tell others of what God can do and has done; and that you will give God praise for His greatness.