Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 13 Scripture Selection: Psalm 135-136
Food for Thought: Ps. 135:1-3
Something wonderful happens within the one who praises the Lord and sings to Him with a sincere, faithful heart. The Word says that it is “pleasant.” Not only is it pleasant to the Lord, but it is also pleasant and beneficial to the giver of praise.
Praise in word and song helps keep our focus on the One Who is worthy, instead of on the circumstances which can appear bigger than they really are. It lifts our spirit and encourages us. It helps remove the burdens and increases our faith. It produces a merry heart, which “does good, like medicine (Prov. 17:22)” and offers great health benefits. For all these reasons, the apostle Paul encourages us to “Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4)!”
We do not have to wait for a church service to take the opportunity to lift up our hearts in praise (though we definitely should take full advantage of the time of praise and worship in church!). We can receive the benefits of it every day, at any time: in the car, in the shower, while cooking a meal, or any time. We can declare, like David did in Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” The Lord will take pleasure in it, and so will we.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):