Good morning all. The week has begun and the trials have slowed a little, giving me time to consider all that has been going on. When I think about it, or dwell on it, I could easily become depressed, but God’s blessings abound and that brings me to the topic of the day.
Why Praise? God’s word is filled with commands for us to praise.
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
How can I not praise? We’re out of our house due to hurricane Harvey damage to our home, but God has provided us a place of comfort all along the way. Many of our things were damaged so that they had to be thrown away, but they are just things, we are all safe and well. During the weeks of packing and tearing out damage we were living in hotels, eating out a lot, but that meant I didn’t have to cook or wash dishes at the end of a day of hard physical labor. When the hardest work was done we moved in to a small apartment with a kitchen where I can cook meals, even bake bread. It’s been over five months of being displaced and there are days when all I want to do is go home, but then I feel God’s presence giving me peace.
I will praise God. Praise God for His protection. Praise Him for His provision. Praise God for His Peace. Praise God for encouragement from others and from His word. Praise God for sending help. Praise God for financial help and for flood insurance. Praise God for new neighbors to get to know and a safe place to walk.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
God bless you!