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. 6 You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains. 7 At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away. 8 Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. 9 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.”
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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