A Psalm of Praise
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
Wow, can I put some of that in my coffee? My dear friend, Delores Michaelson, gave me a book that is a MUST READ, it is called, "How to Worship Jesus Christ," by Joseph Carroll. If you have not read it, please do! The one thing my sweet friend, Delores, told me is "Daisy, it's all that matters, that we worship Him, praise Him and that we excel at it still more." We never reach the ceiling in our quiet time with the Lord. This is an area that we need to constantly be growing in! O, it is our source of everything! He is our life! My prayer is that we would use our lips to praise the Lord, to bless His holy name, to worship at His feet and stand in awe of Him. I have enjoyed reading and studying through Psalm 1 for the past week and what incredible treasures there are within this Psalm. One incredible note in Psalm 1:3 is that the word "planted" actually means transplanted, so cool! So if you read the verse again with the true usage of the word it brings so much depth and insight,
(the righteous), "He will be like a tree firmly transplanted by streams of water,"
In this one word is our understanding of God's saving grace. He chose us, grabbed us, and transplanted us for His glory. The water brings life, and so as Christ is our living water, we are in Him. The contrast is very sobering, for the wicked are not so. My wonderful husband taught out of Psalm 1 and there is a startling point here. When you cross reference there is a similar verse in Jeremiah 17:8 and then right after that comes the infamous verse Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; who can understand it?" One of the most deceptive things the heart can do is to believe the lie that they are one of the "transplanted" trees when really they are in a desert, dead and without hope. May we be emboldened to share the gospel without hesitation, may people see through the lie of the enemy and may God open their eyes and transplant them by His living water. For time is short and there is much work to do! All of my love, Dais