Praise God!

All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah. (Psalm 66:4) 
In the springtime, I love to sit outside alone in the early morning chill to sip a mug of hot coffee, read the word 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. The orchestra often includes the loud trumpet sounds of Canada geese flying overhead, the high-pitched whistles of black-capped chickadees jostling for a place at our bird feeder, and a lone woodpecker holding down the percussion section in a tall oak tree. 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 same 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!  
Dear God, help us become more aware of the many reasons for praising you. Amen. 
This devotion blessed me. Give God praise, for He is worthy to be praised. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is 2 Samuel 7:22 



Ingratitude with Honesty

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? (Luke 17:17)

In Luke 17:11, ten lepers dare to approach Jesus. They are unclean. They are contagious, at least in close quarters. Jesus sends them to the priest, and on the way their disease is healed. No more disfigurement. No more pain. They can return to their jobs and families. Imagine their joy as they danced into the temple, showing the priest their restored fingers and skin as new as a babe.

One, a Samaritan (foreigners whom Jews considered total outcasts), returns to thank Jesus.

Only one.

There is no doubt the other nine are just as elated, but only one is grateful enough to return and thank Jesus. Nine people are healed on the exterior, but there’s some inner work that still needs to be done.

Sometimes our greatest heart work takes place when we acknowledge where we are the least thankful.

It’s easy to get distracted by life, day in and day out. Whatever your daily distractions are, What if we stepped into our ingratitude with honesty?

Dear Lord, today I saw the mess and heard the noise but failed to be grateful. Let me pause for a moment and point out all the reasons I’m thankful.

Perhaps you’ve been busy at work.

Oh Lord, I gripe about my workload, when just a year ago I was praying for a job. Have I stopped to thank You for provision?

I just celebrated another birthday. When I look in the mirror, I see those years adding up.

Father, I see wrinkles and years gaining, but I failed to thank You for another day. I’d like to change that.

When we step honestly into areas of ingratitude, it has the power to change us. We run back to Jesus, aware of the immense gifts we’ve been given.

Today, let’s listen to our words. Let’s look for the miracles and write them on our hearts.

Let’s run to Jesus and tell Him … thank You.

Father, sometimes I take my miracles for granted, or I think You already know that I’m grateful. For whatever reason, I haven’t expressed that, and I want to do it today. I’m falling to my knees to say how grateful I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

When I read this it challenged me to stop and be honest with myself about the areas of ingratitude in my own life that I fail to give God thanks for because I assume He already knows I’m grateful and that’s not okay. I am choosing to fall on my knees today to say how grateful I am, it is so easy and yet so vital that we stop, take a moment, run to Jesus and just say Thank You. Lets make time today to praise Him.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord

Today’s Reading is 1 Thessalonians 5:18