Shout for Joy!


Psalm 98:4 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.”

Some days it is easier for us to shout for joy than it is on other days. But notice this verse says shout for joy all the earth. Maybe we should take a lesson from the rest of the earth. If something bad happens, such as a flooded stream, the stream doesn’t quit flowing or wonder why God is taking it from its boundaries. It’s almost as if it knows it will eventually settle back into the safety of its banks.

Sometimes I don’t understand what God is saying to me. Like the water in that stream, I want what is “normal” to return to my life. But I’m realizing more and more that God may want to change my “normal”. Rest and security will eventually come for me.

Until that happens, however, I can continue to trust that He has me covered. I can honestly shout for joy, for I am never outside of His watchcare over me.

And there you go!

An Audacious, Amazing Inclusion


Matthew 6:13c says, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

What is God’s Kingdom? It is where He is the King and where His power and glory will remain forever. Remarkably, He asks us to be part of this eternal kingdom where we can partake in His power and glory. At the point of our salvation, we are given the power to overcome our enemy. We are also granted the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to give Him glory through acts of worship and voices of praise to Him.

Sometimes we forget to praise Him. We complain and grumble about our circumstances. The Lord’s Prayer ends by reminding us of the audacious, amazing inclusion God offers us in His kingdom.

To Him be the power and glory forever! Amen!

And there you go!

God's Name is Holy


Matthew 6:9b says, "...hallowed be your name."

Often when I pray I go straight into my “give me” list, but truthfully, God is to be hallowed or sanctified, set-apart from any other. So giving praise and honor to God should always come first in my prayer time.

For He alone is holy, perfect, and worthy of praise. Because of His perfection, He is the Giver of all good & perfect gifts.

So praising Him can come in song, or shouts, or quiet reflection of His greatness. Hallowed is His name! Someday everyone will acknowledge that Holy name. So let’s start today!

Praise Him! Praise Him! All you who are His. Praise His Holy Name!

And there you go!

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