Let All That I am Praise The Lord

O Lord my God, how great You are! You are robed with honor and majesty. You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens; (Psalm 104: 1-2)

Let All That I am Praise The Lord (Psalm 104: 1)

We are so quick to criticize; but, we are so slow to praise. All 35 verses of Psalm 104 tells us to praise the Lord for His power and creativity for a lifetime.

Praise the Lord for His Power:

You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved. You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains. At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away. Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth. Psalm 104:5-9

Praise the Lord for His Creativity:

24 O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your riches. 25 There before me lies the mighty ocean, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small. 26 And look! See the ships! And over there, the whale you made to play in the sea.  Psalm 104:24-26

Praise the Lord for a Lifetime

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath! 34 May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for he is the source of all my joy. 35 Let all sinners perish—all who refuse to praise him. But I will praise him. Hallelujah! Psalm 104:33-35

30 Days of Praise

We should exalt God for His power and creativity; and continuously praise Him all the days of our lives. However, in his praise we should also acknowledge God for His greatest creation, the human race. We were created for praise so let’s take our praise to a new level. For the next thirty days let’s go out of our way to sincerely and honestly praise, our friends, family, co-workers and others that come into our lives.

Try these 3 things for the next 30 days:

Praise Sincerely, Freely and Often

…encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1st Thessalonians 5:11

 Look for opportunities to give sincere and honest praise to the people in our lives. For example in my travels I have the opportunity to interact with service sector professionals in airports, hotels, rental car counters and restaurants. These are jobs that are ripe for criticism; because of poor service, high prices, and the general crummy things that can happen during travel.

Despite the difficulties, these workers generally do a fantastic job. So, join with me for the next 30 days and look for opportunities to praise these service workers sincerely, freely and often.

“Thank You” is Praise

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 2 Samuel 2:6
Thank You” a simple expression with the power to empower, to transform and to make the giver of the “Thank You” and the receiver of the phrase feel like they are on the top of the world.

Therefore, for the next 30 days the challenge is for us to explore the power of “Thank You”, by using the phrase to sincerely express our gratitude to the people in our lives.

3. Write Our Praise

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2

 Without question praise is one of the most powerful communications we can do. While praise is effective when it is given verbally; praise is dramatically more effective when written. The goodness of written praise can have a lasting effect for generations.

I still have cards and letters of praise sent to me many years ago; reading them even now brings me the joy, confidence, and the strength to go on.   Sending written praise is a gift that can last forever.

Final Thought: Make Praise Your Holiday Gift and Your New Year’s Habit

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lyre and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!   Psalm 150:1-6 ESV

Yes, it was intentional to align the 30 Days of Praise with the holiday season. Imagine how wonderful it could be to praise, not only with gifts during the holiday; but, continue into 2015 exhibiting our new habit…Praise.

We can truly be doers of the Word by living psalm 104: “Let All That I am Praise The Lord.”

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

The Original Black Friday

On that Friday, it was dark over all the earth; from noon until three o’clock. The sun did not shine. In the house of God, the curtain was torn in two pieces.

  Then, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I give My spirit.” When He said this, He died. Luke 23:44-46

On that Friday, there was no throng of shoppers to contend with at the mall.

On that Friday, there was no bargain to buy.

On that Friday, there was no traffic to navigate.

Rather, on that day, the Original Black Friday, there was just Jesus; whom suffered and died for us on the cross.

So, on this Black Friday as we celebrate all things material; let us celebrate the gifts of the Original Black Friday which are; the passion of Jesus and the forgiveness of our sins.

 

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

It’s Ferguson… Again

12:06 AM EDT Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now that the grand jury’s decision has been made, the entire world is watching and waiting to see what happens next. While violence is never the correct response, leaders must be smart about how and when they communicate.

Given the upset that everyone knew this decision would generate, I question, why would the authorities announce it at 8:30 PM local time?

The verdicts in the O.J. Simpson, and Travon Martin trials were both announced early in the morning; and there was no after violence in either case. I wonder what would have happened if the leaders in Ferguson had chosen to wait just a few hours to announce the decision in the early morning hours; instead of early evening?

I do not condone violence. However, the time of the announcement, may have actually been the match that lit the flames of violence in Ferguson.

Therefore, the story tomorrow will not be about the grand jury, or the decisions made by the District Attorney, or even the evidence presented. Rather, it will be about the violence.

Violence is wrong; but, tonight’s protests could have been minimized if not avoided.

Protesters and Police – We can be smarter

Protesters and Police – We can be better

Protesters and Police – We can be peaceful

Tonight’s events did not have to happen; timing is crucial and distressed people should not be baited into more anxiety.

Announcing the decision at night was the bait. And that is why it’s Ferguson….Again.

 

Finding Comfort In The Uncomfortable

I spend a lot of time traveling in the friendly skies, riding in small spaces; which are not designed for a large man like me. These crammed and confining conditions are symbolic of our lives when difficulty, despair and depression rule.

However, it is in our most uncomfortable state when we can find the comfort; which gives us the strength to endure the hardships, the heated and the hell of the uncomfortable conditions of our lives.

Here are three things to consider in finding that will help you find comfort in the uncomfortable:

  1. View every uncomfortable situation as an opportunity for growth.

As a high school freshman growing up in the Jim Crow south, I attended a debate camp at Emory University. During registration, I observed that I was the only African-American at the camp. Concerned, I asked my parents to take me home. My father refused; he said “Son in the world of business that you are trying to get into; there will be many times in which you will be the only black person in the room. This camp is the time to get comfortable with it.”  My father was right the two week debate camp was a wonderful experience, the other debaters were delightful and out of my initial discomfort I found the comfort of lifelong friends.

  1. Find your comfort zone within the uncomfortable

In the summer of 1921, thirty-nine year old Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio; rendering this robust man totally and permanently paralyzed from the waist down.   Faced with the uncomfortable realities of his new life, Roosevelt found his comfort zone within the uncomfortable. He did not let his condition paralyze his ambition. He learned to walk and stand again; by using leg braces and developing more upper body strength. Roosevelt entered politics and was elected President of the United States for an unprecedented four terms; leading America out of the Great Depression and to victory in World War II.

  1. Never accept the uncomfortable as life’s permanent state

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”-Psalm 30:5

It is inevitable at some point in our lives that pain, suffering, and discomfort will come to us all.   However, the key will be how we deal with it. Will we let the uncomfortable overwhelm us? Will we allow the uncomfortable to render us useless to our family, friends, and society? Or will we find the comfortable in the uncomfortable.

My faith in Christ gives me the strength, the courage and the intelligence to know that I will never accept the uncomfortable as my life’s permanent state.   Regardless of the adversity, “We Shall Overcome”; because the word of God says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.

If we believe, we will always find  comfort in the uncomfortable.

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian who practices his faith as a business strategist, professional speaker and writer.

 

The Veteran I Know

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The veteran I know has served in conflicts from Bosnia to Iraq to Afghanistan.

The veteran I know has spent countless days away from home often in harm’s way but with never a worry about the home front because it was expertly managed by his devoted wife.   The loving couple who met in college, have raised three wonderful girls who have become amazing young ladies.

The veteran I know served willingly never complaining about the mission, the hardships, or the dangers over a two plus decade long military career.

The veteran I know is Lieutenant Colonial Maurice T. Bland, United States Army Retired.

The veteran I know is my brother and my hero. His life story is like that of countless men and women who wore the uniform of their country. He and they served without a thought about fame, fortune, or gratitude.

On this Veterans Day, and everyday let us show our appreciation for the bravery, devotion and service of veterans we know and the many veterans we don’t know.

 

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland, is a veteran of the US Army

The most important words that a man can say to a woman

What are the most important words that a man in a monogamous romantic relationship with a woman can say?

Is it:

  • You are beautiful

Or could it be:

  • I need you

Oh yes, it must be:

  • I love you

I am certain that you will be shocked when I tell you the most important words that a man in a monogamous romantic relationship with a woman can say is:

 “I want to share my love with you”

“I want to share my love with you.” Why are those the most important words?   It is all about one word Want.   Think about it this way, the word want indicates that the man had choices. He could have chosen to share his love with any number of women. Or, he could have simply chosen to share his love with no one.

However, the man chose to share his love with you. Sharing his love was not a necessity. It was not something that had to be done. It was something that he wanted to do! It is that affirmative choice of freely wanting to share his love; which makes the statement “I want to share my love with you” the most important words that a man in a monogamous romantic relationship with a woman can say.

“God wants to share His love with you”

An all-powerful God does not need to love us. But this same all-powerful God wants to love us

In Scripture and countless times in our lives God has demonstrated His want for sharing His love with you and me.

God demonstrates His love for us in scripture:

 God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” – Romans 5:8 (The Message)

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep. I myself will make sure they get plenty of rest. I’ll go after the lost, I’ll collect the strays, I’ll doctor the injured, I’ll build up the weak ones and oversee the strong ones so they’re not exploited”.   Ezekiel 34:15-16 (The Message)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (English Standard Version)

God demonstrates His love for us in His Actions:

 God has kept us safe “through many dangers, toils and snares.”

 God gives us his peace – “I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear.” Ezekiel 34:25

 God is our friend – “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:11

 An all-powerful God does not need to love us. But this same all-powerful God wants to love us

 Without question, God want to share His love with us. However, the real question is:

Do I want to share my love with God?

Simply saying “Yes” to that question unleashes all of God’s glory, power, and goodwill.

Because saying “yes” to wanting to sharing your love with God is the most important word that we will ever say.

 

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a business strategist professional speaker and writer. Specializing in assisting business with the acquisition of human and financial capital along with the strategies required to succeed in the marketplace.