“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The LORD shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!”
Psalms 146:1-10 NKJV
Saturday has always been a reset day for me. Back in the days when I worked, I looked forward to the morning when I could sleep in, have a nice breakfast, and reflect on the past week. I would then reset my mind and prepare for Sunday.
These days, we are living in heavy times. We are emerging from a long global nightmare that is continuing in some places. It is like a leg gone to sleep, that is extremely painful as the blood begins to flow and it is awakened. Bad things seem to overwhelm the good in the news as the lockdowns have pushed many to the breaking point.
We have wars, rumors of wars, genocide happening in various places, and the potential for a huge world war increasing literally by the day. It is easy to become caught up in it all.
This morning, I began my daily study of the Scriptures and found joy when I came to Psalm 146. God broke into my morning and reminded me that He should be the focus of my attention. He is the source of my help, the One that I can count on when things seem all but lost.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
Psalms 121:1-3 NKJV
I know that I can have confidence in Him, even when all in the world and all about me is swirling toward oblivion. Because of that, I must praise the Lord!
I turn on worship music early in the morning, so that my mind can be set on Jesus early, in the hope that I maintain holy and positive outlook through the day. In the worship, my mind and heart are filled with the peace of God.
“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
Psalms 150:1-6 NKJV
As I give my breath to the praising of my God, I have far less to devote to sin, as my praises replace complaints, I move from slander and gossip to the Gospel.
I love playing on Sunday, as it is my opportunity to focus squarely on the Lord. He is my audience of One, as those in the congregation fade away , far from sight, as the light of the Father fills me.
Speak of the glories of God to your children. As they see you devoted and surrendered to Him, they will be be more likely do the the same. Likewise, as you stray, so will they.
“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.”
Deuteronomy 11:19-21 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us stop and praise Him! Let us go to church tomorrow and make Him the priority. When I go to church, I spend little time fellowshipping, as I desire nothing to distract me from my service and attention to the teaching of the word. I leave the drama of human interaction for other times and for other people who choose that over God.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV
Take the time today to take a break from the troubles of this world and praise Him for all He has done.
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