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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 7, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
The psalmist sings out his praises to God, overwhelmed by all that God has done. As we reflect on God’s majesty and his goodness to us, we cannot help telling others about him. Witnessing comes naturally when our hearts are full of appreciation for what he has done. God has chosen to use us to “publish his glorious deeds among the nations.” Praise for our great God overflows from his creation and should overflow from our lips. How well are you doing at telling others about God’s greatness? (NLT)
Psalm 96:1-13 – Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; bless his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be revered above all the gods. The gods of other nations are merely idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship him. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations that the Lord is king. The world is firmly established and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst forth with joy! Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord! For the Lord is coming! He is coming to judge the world with righteousness and all the nations with his truth.
Michael Lewis (Virginia) titled his story “LOVE SONG;” here is a portion of Michael’s story:
“. . . While I was humming the tune to one of the songs, I was reminded that prayer is like a love song to God, and the Bible is full of songs to and about God. Some are called psalms, and a number of them were composed when the psalmist was experiencing anguish, difficulties, and duress. These prayerful songs remind us of our dependency on our sovereign God. . . . Singing praises to our God draws us into intimate worship. The psalms teach us that at all times we have reason to praise our Lord in prayer. We can find strength and joy in life when we continually remember God’s faithfulness and active presence in our lives.”
Prayer: Dear God, you alone are worthy of our praise. Help us to find joy in praising you. Amen.
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