Monday, June 06, 2011
Today’s Topic: Reasons to Praise Him
Today’s Text: Psalm 145:1 I will praise you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
What a week it was. I took some vacation last week to finish the kitchen remodeling project at our house. It’s still not done, but almost. Tomorrow my day off will be dedicated to its completion.
On Thursday Denise and I left for Chicago for the graduation of our niece. What a great time that was. We are so very proud of her accomplishments as she continues to amaze us with her abilities even though she is extremely visually impaired. We got to see lots of family and friends and had some great spiritual conversations.
Right before we left my brother came to me with a Bible in his hands. It was my mom’s personal study Bible. It had been given to him as one of the personal items we divided up after mom died. He handed it to me and said that he would like me to have it and use it. I accepted and said that I would.
As I opened the Bible up this morning I was immediately taken to Psalm 145, where my mom had written some extensive notes on praise. There is an old outline of the chapter written in the margins of her Bible, and then there were notes on paper expanding on the outline. The notes in the Bible were old. I can tell from the quality of the paper notes that they were made not long before her death, probably after she had been diagnosed with her terminal cancer. That’s what makes them so meaningful. The notes are entitled “Reasons to Praise.”
Imagine that – my mom’s focus during her dying days was on praising God. I think I’m gonna cry for a few minutes, so excuse me. They are tears of loss and they are tears of shame. I miss my mom, but I also am embarrassed that I don’t praise God more, especially when in my opinion things are going wrong. Most of us are the same in that regard. We have an opinion about the circumstances of our lives, and that’s all it is – an opinion. From God’s perspective there is nothing wrong, there is only the expression of His grace as He trains us to have more faith and to be more faithful.
So here’s the challenge. Read Psalm 145 today. I’ve even put a link to it so you don’t have to go hunt up your Bible. Use my mom’s outline as a tool to let the Lord teach you how and why to praise God. Then consider this – how bad do things have to get before we let go of our need to complain and start praising our God who is in control of all things and making them work out for His glory and our good?
Reasons for Praise (by Ruth A. van Gorkom)
- God’s Greatness – vs. 1-3
- God’s Majesty – vs. 4-6
- God’s Mercy – vs. 7-9
- God’s Kingdom – vs. 10-13
- God’s Grace – vs. 14-16
- God’s Holiness – vs. 17-20
- God’s Name (His Character) – vs. 21
I will praise His holy name for ever and ever! Thanks for modeling that to me, Mom, even when in my opinion everything was wrong.