'I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing praises to the Lord as long as I live.'- Psalms 146 vs 2, NIV
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season with family and friends and are looking forward to a bright and shiny 2013 that is sure to be a year full of joy and promise!
Every year I spend time to go before the Lord and try to pick up a theme from the Word and use
it as a direction to build upon throughout the new year. This year the
Lord brought Psalm 146 vs 2 as my theme for 2013. The whole psalm is
awesome an example of singing the Lord's praises but the second verse
hit a special chord for me.
We are commanded (not requested)
and granted the privilege as children of God to praise Him with our
whole hearts. For the most part we sincerely do that but in this
year, 2013, I feel the Lord is saying we really do need to step up and step
deeper into what it really means to Praise The Lord. To 'sing praises
the Lord as long as I live' means in the good times, in the bad times,
in the unspeakably terrible times we need to sing praises to the Lord.
Not just speak the praises, not just give lip service but sing His
praises from the very depths of our being. When you sing, you use your
'whole breath', your 'whole heart' and all of your power and strength to belt out those
words. Your whole physical and spiritual being is involved when you give
your all to singing. This year 2013, we need to give our whole breath
and all of our power and strength to sing the praises to the Lord. For
our whole lives and with our whole hearts for as long as we live, we
need to sing - sing, not just speak - praises to the Lordwith our whole hearts.
There's an old saying in the church "When the praises go up, the
blessings come down!" Send up your praises to the Lord this year - whole
hearted, full throated praises using every bit of your breath and
strength and witness what the Lord will do in your life!
Would love to hear what you are praising God for this year. Year 2013 is still young but it's never too soon to start.Sometimes it's just "Praise God that last year is over!"Let us know what you are singing praises for so we join in the song with you!