November 19 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – David

Read Psalm 145: 1-21

Have you ever sat and wondered what life will be like in heaven? I’ve always dreamed that at least a portion of the ‘day’ will be focused around glorifying God. Part of me imagines all of heaven sitting in some massive arena and, upon the Lord’s arrival, the heavenly places bursting out into the chorus of Agnus Dei “Holy…. Holy… are you Lord God, Almighty.”

While my dream is simply that- a dream – our reading today certainly has me excited about what the prospects of what our life in heaven will be like. Basking in the presence of a God who deserves all of the glory, honor, and praise. A God whose holiness, righteousness, and grace are simply incomprehensible to our human understanding. How amazing it will be to be in the presence of our King!

I certainly do look forward to the day I get to praise God for eternity, but I’m also awestruck by how  I can honor Him today. I’m challenged by what the Psalmist writes in verse two:  “Every day I will praise you.” Believe it or not this was actually the verse that stuck out the most, as I was reading this passage, because I’m not sure my life praises God every day. On the days where I’m not feeling so hot, or my mind is racing in a million different directions, or I’m just baffled by a set of circumstances, I really do struggle to be thankful.

But this passage from the Psalms reminds me of God’s goodness. That even on the days when thankfulness is the hardest, I still should praise God for his faithfulness. When was the last time you sat back and just thought about how good God has been to you? I challenge you to spend some time thinking about that today. In a world that is increasingly pessimistic, what would it look like for you to spend 5-10 minutes out of your day, thinking about what is actually going well? Focusing your thoughts on the blessings the Lord has provided you?

Take the challenge. Sit back for up to ten minutes today and just sit quietly and pray. Praise God for who He is and who He promises to be in your life. What are you thankful for?

Taylor Bennington

 

 

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