Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Psalm
Thank you, Lord of Heaven and earth,
For your perfect love and abundant goodness.
You are gracious and compassionate,
Full of loving kindness, ready to forgive,
Patiently considerate, and generous beyond imagining.
I rejoice that you have chosen me
And brought me near to you, to dwell in your courts.
Thank you that you are my God, my King, my Friend,
My Refuge in trouble and danger,
My Father to care for me,
My Shepherd to guide,
My Bridegroom to delight in me.
Because Thy loving kindness is better than life,
My lips will praise Thee.
Today, families all over the world will gather to celebrate
Thanksgiving, my favorite time of the year. It is a simple holiday; one
that seems to have escaped the death grip of materialism and
side-stepped the greed that often permeates the holiday season.
Laughter and love fills homes and hearts swell with fresh hope as
families gather around mountains of food to remember and celebrate all
God has done. The rich heritage of relationships – family and friends –
is revisited then tucked away as a precious gift of strength for the
Man set aside one day to be thankful. God set aside a lifetime. Yet, I
find few Christians whose lives are filled with thanksgiving. I think I
know why. Because we do not understand the true meaning of praise, we do
not understand the accessibility of thanksgiving. Many Christians
neglect praise entirely because they are afraid, shoving it down into a
dark corner of their spiritual journey. On the other hand, some
Christians base their entire faith on praise, neglecting the bible and
leaving service to someone else while they are busy praising God. Both
viewpoints are wrong and out of balance. The truth is that praise and
thanksgiving are acts of spiritual obedience and should be practiced by
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.
Praise is not optional for a fully devoted follower of God. It is
essential to a vital faith and a command from Him! Praise is more than
spoken words; it is the natural fruit of a heart wholly devoted to God
and bound by a love relationship with Him. Praise is powerful and can
alter life’s parameters to include trust and acceptance in the face of a
crisis. The power of praise can also make this holiday season one of
true celebration and new meaning. To understand the importance of praise
we must first recognize the power of praise.