Sally Bair | Eternal Perspectives
Parking lot church service
An eagle soared overhead as I sat in my car during our parking lot church service. The eagle reminded me of God’s strength and power and presence, reaching down to me and a parking lot filled with cars and people all desperate to hear his word during the fearful time we’re facing. The eagle reminded me that we should look upward to God for our sustenance and for the healing of our bodies, souls and spirits.
The eagle reminded me of the psalmist’s words: “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust.” Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his truth shall be your shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:1-4)
God would have us look toward his protection at all times, whether times are dark or as bright as the sun. He would have us praise him for everything. The word “praise” is evident in over 250 Bible verses. The Psalms especially speak of the value and necessity of praising our Lord. Yes, praising him is not an option, it is a command.
Sometimes praising the Lord comes with a cost. “Therefore by him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15) Choosing to praise him for and in all things may mean giving up our negative, “poor me” attitude. Or perhaps changing our to-do list, giving up our favorite things for his sake.
Continually praising God will make you “feel good,” instead of feeling sad or fearful. It will change the way you think, speak and act. You will receive a new mindset about God, others and yourself. Your heart will be stirred to praise him all the time. “Let my mouth be filled with your praise and with your glory all the day.” (Psalm 71:1)
As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this week, we have every reason to praise him. Allow him to transform your life into one of constant praise. You will experience joy unspeakable and will reflect his love and salvation to everyone around you.
Lord, thank you for the gift of praise. Cause me to praise you all day long. Compel my thoughts to be focused on all your wonders and works so my words and actions toward others will show you are worthy of my praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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