TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, December 09, 2019:
The act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; the offering of grateful homage in words or song as an act of worship.
Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God. How pleasant and fitting to praise Him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
If it is not already your practice, take the time daily to praise God. We all need to do a better job in praising God daily through prayer. Make it a habit to Praise God when you wake up, when you eat, when you leave your house, when you are at work or school, when you come home, and when you go to bed.
An attitude of adoring trust in the Lord by praising Him will make an amazing difference in your life.
In II Chronicles 20:12 and following you can read about King Jehoshaphat of Judah going into battle knowing that his people were powerless to defend themselves against Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir. He cried out to God for help. The King responded to God’s direction and he appointed singers to march ahead of his military. The singers sang praises to God while marching. God caused the invaders to get confused and they attacked each other. By the time the armies of Judah arrived for the battle they saw only dead bodies. The Lord had fought the battle for them. We need to learn through this short history lesson that they sang praises to God before the victory! God responded, as He always does when we call on Him for help and give Him the glory through songs of praise.
No matter what battles we face, the Lord will help you when you cry out to Him and Praise His name through prayer.
There will be days that you feel great despair and days when all is going well. When you face good or bad days, lift up a song of praise to the Lord as David wrote in the Psalm we wrote above. You will be reminded of God’s loving kindness and goodness and you will be encouraged like nothing else will encourage you. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and His greatness is unsearchable” Psalm 145:3.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 34:1.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth.
Teach me, dear Lord, to learn to praise you daily in the morning at noon and at night. May Your Holy Spirit constantly remind me to praise You. Thank You as I endeavor to become more Christ-like.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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