Friday, June 01, 2018

Praise is beautiful

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 1-2; 147

TO CHEW ON: "Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful." Psalm 147:1

Our lives reflect what we spend our time thinking about. In our complex world, it's easy for our thoughts to get hijacked by fear, worry, pessimism, and anxious lists of what ifs.

Or we can choose to think thankful thoughts of praise. It's a matter of changing the direction of those negative thoughts by taking a deep breath spiritually, and affirming all the yes's in our lives.

We can do this because we're not merely changing our attitudes with whistling-in-the-dark optimism, but because our God has power and understanding (Psalm 147:5). He has put it all together - the world, its people, you, your family, your circumstances - in a meaningful, significant way. You may not see the meaning or significance just now. But your attitude of praise reflects your confidence in Him and pleases Him too (Psalm 147:11)

Psalm 147 lists things (from the weather to national security) for which you can praise God. Re-read the psalmist's list, then make one of your own.

PRAYER: Dear God, today I will choose to praise, not pout. Amen

PSALM TO PRAY: Psalm 147

The Bible Project VIDEO: Psalms (Read Scripture Series)

Today we come to the Psalms in our Bible Project reading plan. But only Psalm 1 & 2 are assigned as main reading chapters, because a Psalm to Pray is on the menu every day (and we've already almost made it through the entire book this year;  in a few days we'll start over).

Enjoy this video explanation of the Psalms as a book of the Bible. You'll probably learn things about the book of Psalms you never knew. I know I certainly did!

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