A lesson in praise

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

Psalm 63 (NIVUK): “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.

But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”

The following are the areas which I enjoyed the most, in today’s study.

“The more ready we are to praise, the more aware we will be of the divine presence.

If you are finding cultivating a lifestyle of praise difficult, remind yourself of these amazing truths: God is the one who truly satisfies, who upholds you and keeps you. His love is indeed ‘better than life’.

As you begin to dwell on HIs goodness, your soul will become thirstier for Him. Today, open your life, and your lips, to God afresh: be thankful for His mercies and great love for you.”

Remember, thankfulness is driven by His good gifts for us and depends a lot on circumstances; whereas praise is driven by our existence – that God is our Creator and we are the created. It is a recognition of who He is and all that we are – which is an expression of His love and goodness – it is our testimony to His saving grace, that without Him we would be dead, in our sins.

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