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GIVING VOICE TO GOD
Bless, Praise, Thanks Always
"I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
With these words I began to try and memorize that verse of Scripture. We are urged at our church to learn by heart Scriptures of our own choosing. This particular verse served to remind me that I am to bless and praise the Lord all the time.
Whether I can actually do that is another matter. It's much like praying as the Apostle Paul admonishes the Ephesians: "...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit..." (Ephesians 6:18), or to the Thessalonians, he says, "...pray without ceasing..." (1 Thessalonians 5:17); or Luke's admonition: "...that men always ought to pray and not lose heart..." (Luke 18:1); and Paul's: "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;" (Colossians 4:2).
"Always"? Lord, how can I ever remember to do just that?
As soon as that question crossed my mind, I looked up to the sky. After overnight showers, the sky had turned bright blue with clusters of fluffy white and gray clouds filling in here and there. Oh my!
"Oh, magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
"Will this be the kind of cloud on which You will soon return?" I asked of Jesus. And I remembered,
I am taken away with just the thought of this Ascension scene! As I give voice to His mighty name, my thoughts return to another Word the Lord has for me to exclaim:
I continue my memorization of Psalm 34 and am encouraged:
Can we indeed cry out to God and give Him our blessing, praise and thanksgiving at all times?
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