Today’s devotional is a little different. As I prayed and read the Word, I felt encouraged to step out of what was expected and to allow God’s Word to speak for itself – to each individual heart with their individual needs. While the needs may be different, the message is based on one essential truth – living a life of praise.
I was reminded of the little children who sang praises as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and felt the Spirit whispering that this is the simplicity of pure praise. It flows from a childlike heart, one that looks beyond the facts and so called ‘truths’ of the world to the great and mighty God we serve. As children immerse themselves in the joy of simple praise, without the inhibitions and distractions that weigh us down as adults, we see the joy of living a life of praise.
Our response to God is from our spirits – a deep and wonderful song to our creator, loosed by the joy of intimacy with a God who loves His people. He is in us, and we are in Him. It is this unity that births a life of praise. The Living Water that is Christ in us is not a stagnant stream but joyous outpouring of life. Rather than use a simple verse with a lengthy exhortation, I felt led to share Psalm 145, a pure and joyful psalm that poignantly portrays the life of praise. May it speak to each of us today. May it touch our hearts and stir our faith and joy, so that our lives may ring with the praises of God. As little children, let us cast aside the cares of the world and sing praises to our God.
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.[c]
The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.
As we meditate on these words and carry them with us through the day, may we each hear His voice and know His joy and peace – not as fleeting experiences swiftly chased away by the cares of the world, but rather as an abiding assurance, as faithful as His eternal presence, the very well-spring of joy in each of us and source of a life of praise.