January 23, 2020 Give Thanks

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Psalm 145:1-2 Everyday Doings

Mount Baker

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.

Psalm 134:2 Show Your Excitement

People raising hands

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2 

At football games people get excited when their team makes a touchdown score. They will jump up and shout loudly with excitement. As they are shouting and raising their hands in triumph, they do not care who sees or hears them. This is done for something that they did not directly have any part in. The team members usually don’t even know their name, unless it is a small high school team.

People will also raise their hands and shout with excitement at a concert with their favorite singer or band performing. They will do things that are a bit crazy and don’t care who sees them. The things done are things that should not be done in a workplace or in regular public, but people don’t care.

The author of this psalm is telling the people to lift up their hands and praise God in the sanctuary. This was not even in the normal public places, but in the place where praising God is expected.

In many churches one can hear some great worship music being played. While the music is playing people are sitting and singing, but that is all. The majority do not raise their hands in praise to God. There is a good number in the front of the sanctuary that may do it and a few scattered around the rest, but most won’t do it.

Many people will say that it is just not their style. Yet, some of these same people are the ones who jump and shout at their football team scoring.

Every believer has something greater than a football team scoring to shout about. God has done things of greater value than anything temporary on this earth. He has given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. That is something worth jumping and shouting about.

As you think about what God has done for you, how does it make you feel? This should be the greatest news of all time. It should make you want to jump and shout, praising God with all your might.

Each day you live on this earth, God is forgiving you of your sins. He is constantly working with you to make you more like Jesus. This is of eternal consequence and value, not just something temporary.

Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life. Do not be ashamed to raise your hands and voice in praise to the eternal, loving Almighty God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will not be ashamed to praise God openly; and that you will give God praise everywhere you go.

Psalm 115:1 Not About You

Golden sky

Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 

All over the world people are talking about their own accomplishments. Everyone wants to be recognized for what he did. People want the credit and glory for things done.

Receiving the glory for something accomplished is the crowning achievement for many people. Many will quit or get angry when they do not receive the honor for something done. It is even common to see lawsuits drawn up against others because of lack of proper recognition.

This type of attitude is selfishness. It is all about self and no one else. This is even when the action being done is to help other people. People want all the glory for the work being done.

The psalmist tells God that it is not to them but to Him that all the glory is to be given. The reason for God to receive all the glory is because of His great love and faithfulness.

Some believers can easily get caught up in thinking the same way as the world does. They want to receive all the glory and credit for what they have done or accomplished.

The believer who has the correct focus will realize that it is not about him, but about God. It is God who gave him the ability to accomplish something. It is often God who made things possible.

God loves every person with a perfect love and He remains perfectly faithful all the time. With this great love and faithfulness, He will accomplish many great things in and through the individual believer.

Giving God the praise and glory for what is done should be the first focus of every believer. God created everything, including the abilities of the believer, so God should receive all the glory.

Think about the things that God has done in your own life. What things has God accomplished in and through you?

Notice then that it is not about you, but what He has done in and through you. Be careful not to take the glory and praise for what has been accomplished. Point everyone and all the praise and glory to God, the one who did it all.

Selfishness is pride that goes against God. It takes away His glory. Give it all to God, who deserves it all. Show the world who really did the work and allow God to have the glory.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in and through you; that you will know that it is by God’s love and faithfulness that you can do anything; that you will give God the credit for all accomplishments; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to the world.