BLESS AND BE BLESSED!
Today’s Reading: Psalms 33-34
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Key Verse: Psalm 34:1
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
The words, “the Lord,” occur 26 times in these two Psalms. There’s a saying about “the Lord”… that “He’s either Lord of all or not at all!” There should be no half-way measures in our faith! The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). The primary work of the Spirit of God in the earth is to make Jesus known as Lord of all. This blog is intended as an extension of that sublime purpose.
How do we “bless the Lord?” We please Him! We worship Him! We live a life which brings the smile of His approval! We read His Word and meditate on His Word daily! We pray in faith, believing Him for His response! We share His Message in our personal witness and in our support for ministries that are proven by researched fact to be effective in reaching the peoples of the world with the Good News of Jesus’ death, resurrection and the gift of forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Jesus Christ. So we can list some of the ways we bless God. Now let us think of the ways He has blessed us and is blessing us. It’s no wonder that we identify with King David when he writes, “His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Hallelujah! We magnify You O Lord! Bless Your holy name! Amen! Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that I will do as David did, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Grant that I will experience Your blessed Presence at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Norma-Jean, my wife, is a multi-tasker. My tendency is to focus on one thing at a time. I guess that’s one of the general differences between men and women. However, I’m learning to multi-task in my commitment to King David’s statement, “His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” I don’t always speak the words of praise out loud, but they are there in my mouth at the tip of my tongue. It’s the same with Paul’s encouragement to “Pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Yours for giving thanks in everything!
P.S. Ron here again in Dad’s hospital room. He continues to hold on, but every now and then he speaks very clearly about going to be with Jesus. Yesterday Dad was talking with Ann and he said, “I want to be unleashed!” Ann asked, “From what?”, and he said, “It’s like I’m in a jail cell…I want to be free!” His eyes were closed and Ann said, “Let’s talk about Jesus.” Dad smiled, and then a few seconds later he said “Tell Him ‘I’m ready when He’s ready.'” Dad has been very “ready” for a while now. When the time comes and Jesus takes him home, it will be very difficult, but we will try to do as Dad exhorts us in today’s blog and “In everything give thanks.”