Declare God’s glory among the nations; declare his wondrous works among all people because the Lord is great and so worthy of praise. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:24-25
In my green hymnal, it’s the very first song.
- Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to his feet your tribute bring.
- Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore his praises sing.
- Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the everlasting king!
- Praise him for his grace and favor to his people in distress.
- Praise him, still the same forever, Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
- Alleluia, alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness!
I’ve noticed two things as I sing this hymn:
- Once I begin singing it, my body automatically reacts by standing up and lifting my hands (this from a cradle Presbyterian).
- The rich lyrics in just these two stanzas are power-packed theology and definitely worth offering to Him through worship.
Frankly, I just love to “declare God’s glory” through singing hymns. So it will probably not surprise you that back in the day I was in a singing group called the Joyful Noises. We may not have always sung on key, but honey, we sure sang with joy!
How do you like to praise the Lord who is “so worthy of praise”?
Praise ushers us into joy as we focus on the perfection of God instead of our own concerns. To live in continual praise is to develop a second nature of our thoughts immediately turning to God with a litany of all He is and all He has done. He becomes the beautiful thought that exists just below the surface of my every thought. In this way, I am enjoying the “with God” life—experiencing His presence and pausing often to tell Him how grateful I am and how much I love Him.
But the best part of offering praise is that the whole process changes us, helping us refocus on that which truly matters.
Will you make a joyful noise today—praise to the Almighty?
BENEDICTION: My child, the very best way to silence the enemy without and the depression within is by singing praises to Me. I don’t care how your voice sounds—to me you are a joyful noise! And if you can’t bring the energy to sing, then play hymns or praise songs. I inhabit each praise from your lips. And you will feel closer to the One who loves you most.
Every Blessing, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
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Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 16 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” , “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most,” “God’s Purpose for You,” and “The Courage to Write.” (Purchasing my books here benefits me as an Amazon associate.) She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words weekly at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
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