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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, March 22, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
All creation is like a majestic symphony or a great choir composed of many harmonious parts that together offer up songs of praise to the Lord. Each part (independent, yet part of the whole) is caught up and carried along in swelling tides of praise. This is a picture of how we as believers should praise God—individually, yet as part of the great choir of believers worldwide. Are you singing your part well in the worldwide choir of praise? (NLT)
Psalm 148:1-14 – Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He established them forever and forever. His orders will never be revoked.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and storm, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, reptiles and birds, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and maidens, old men and children. Let them all praise the name of the Lord. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven! He has made his people strong, honoring his godly ones—the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!
Quoted verse: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name. –Psalm 66:4 (NIV)
“Story” – Jill Allen Maisch (Maryland, USA) titled her story “PRAISE GOD!” Here is a portion of Jill’s story:
“In the springtime, I love to sit outside alone in the early morning chill to sip a mug of hot coffee, read and meditate on The Upper Room message for the day, and bask in the sounds of nature. Each creature praises God in its own way.
“I especially enjoy the symphony of praise performed by all the different birds that live nearby. . . .
“Each bird has its own unique sound, but together they generate a beautiful morning chorus of praise. Just like the birds, we each have our own distinctive, God-given voices with which we can praise God. Some people have the ability to praise God out loud for all to hear; some have the gift of quietly praising God during conversations with others; some are skilled at soundlessly praising God through prayer.
“Like the birds, we can merge our unique voices and together share a magnificent melody of God’s praise for all the world to hear!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I praise God today?
Prayer: Dear God, help us become more aware of the many reasons for praising you. Amen.
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