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Psalm 96:1-13 (KJV)

1  O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2  Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3  Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4  For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
5  For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
6  Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7  Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
8  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9  O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10  Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13  Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Proverbially

Speaking
4  Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6  Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8  The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

–Proverbs 23:4-8 (KJV)

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Praise Always Costs Something

A sacrifice of praise will always cost you something. It will be a difficult thing to do. It requires trading in our pride, our anger, and most valued of all, our human logic. We will be compelled to voice our words of praise firmly and precisely, even as our logic screams that God has no idea what he's doing. Most of the verses written about praise in God's Word were penned by men and women who faced crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situations. -- Joni Eareckson Tada

Angels Listening

Angels listen for your songs, for your voice rises to the very gates of heaven when you praise Me. -- Frances J. Roberts

Praise Now for Eternity’s Sake

He who does not praise God while here on earth shall in eternity be dumb. -- Jan Van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)

A Thousand Tongues

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise! -- Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Each Day A Resurrection

Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life ... let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator. -- William Law (1686-1761)

Sweetest Sound of All

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. -- Xenophon (C. 431-C. 352 B.C.)

Not to Rejoice Is Sin

We all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to rejoice as much as by anything else. -- C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Praise A Good Habit to Have

You don't learn to praise in a day, especially since you may have been complaining for years! New habits take time to develop. But you can begin today, and practice tomorrow, and the next day, until it becomes part of you. -- Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

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Today With the Word


3S Tonic for the Soul

Psalm 96:1-13

Remember the era of  alcohol-laden tonics advertised to make you healthier.  One was called “3S Tonic!”

Well , I have my own recipe and call it “3S Tonic for the Soul.”  Take it each morning on first awakening. It’s guaranteed, and if  you don’t think it was helpful, you can have your miseries back.

Here are the ingredients.

Sing, Sip coffee (or another awakening beverage) and Shout praises to the Lord.  It will launch a great day and Satan won’t be able to stop you..

Sing, sip and shout praise. Add a new verse each day. Let it flow from your heart and fill all  the earth so all of God's creation will join in chorus of praise.  Salvation is offered afresh and given to all who will take.  No one will be rejected, for Jesus’ sake.

Let no unbeliever go without being told of God's goodness, love and mercy.  Sing it out!  They'll hear -- somehow.  They will hear!

Let them know why God is great in your life, and greatly to be praised.  And feared!  Respect him for his might, praise him for his mercy.  He created everything.  Let everything  that has breath sing praise unto him. God will love it.

Oh, that we might experience this marvelous God at the start of  the gift of each new day.  The shadows of worry could not exist, for the light of his love would fill every crevice.  The sounds of fury would kneel, because his comforting voice would leave no room for hatred in an individual or nation's heart.

Let us shout praise each morning because God is our joy. He is our courage; he is our guardian; he is our hope.  He is our assurance.

What is he due? He is due our love, our obedience, our all; without him we are but nothing and destined for ruination.

What does he ask?  Our hearts, our devotion, our love.  Give to him each morning all you have in your heart, and he will shower you with the riches of his Kingdom.  Praise him not to gain his favors but to please him. And make his day beautiful, too.

To know you have brought joy to the God of everything is reward enough.  But, unto you will he add joy and courage and comfort beyond expectation.  The depth of it could never be dreamt by mortal man.

Sing, sip and shout praises to the Lord. Your day will be better! Your life will be more satisfying.

My eyes open to the gift of today,

And my heart is poised to say,

"Thank You, God, and be praised

For giving love in so many ways."


Don Meadows

6/20/17


Published: 6/22/17

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Inspired by Psalm 94:20-23

Each day, O God, the shouts of evil are heard in what seems increasing intensity!  Have mercy on them, Lord, for they know not what they do.

Bombers, shooters, and wielders of instruments of pain and death raise their arms in what they think is gleeful celebration of the terror they spread. Statistics of death, destruction and demoralization that their actions cause are hailed as a flag of victory.

They don’t understand. Their joyful chants announce their own coming judgment. They celebrate their impending doom.

You, omniscient God, always hears rightly.  You hear their words; you know their hearts.  How you must weep!

They claim consort with you, but they are wrong! You, Holy Lord, will have no part with evil.

You give life to the innocent. They kill.  They name you as author of their evil, but they lie.

Have mercy, O righteous one of heaven.  You are the stronghold of your people, and those who mock and betray you shall feel your wrath.  May your mercy turn them from their consuming hatred and teach them love.  May their kin see you have willed that all brothers and sisters of the world follow Jesus, the perfect love.  Let them realize you – the one true God -- hate hate.

You are light, not evil darkness. You are life, not death. You are joy, not sorrow.  You are God.  There is none other. You are unchanging.  You don’t compromise.  Your judgment is just, giving blessing or exacting punishment.

Satan and man’s evils may flourish for a season.  You note every act; nothing (evil or righteousness) escapes your knowing; so we can and will trust you!

You, our Lord, will wipe out the evil ones and his converts.  You will bless with eternal blessing those who bless you.

Forgive our impatience, wanting you to take vengeance against our enemies in our timing.  Ignore us; have thine own way in thy own time. Comfort we who grieve; heal we who hurt; welcome us into thy presence we who die at the hand of evil for your cause.

Yes, intercede for us who are in this world but not of this world.  Embolden all who proclaim you as the Lord, and save us --  we into whom you have breathed your Holy Spirit.  

Teach us, please, how to love those who hate us.  It’s not easy with these human hearts, so give us more and more the heart of Jesus.

Instruct us rightly, in his name. Amen.

Don Meadows

6/19/17


*Published 6/23/17

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