Missing Praise

Praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy. Psalm 107:26-31 NKJV
Those who praise the Lord shall not fear Psalm 56:4 NKJV
Praise the Lord openly to teach your children. Psalm 78:4 NKJV
Death is the end for those who do not praise the Lord. Psalm 115:17 NKJV
Truth and praise are opportunities for the living, only. Isaiah 38:15 NKJV

How many times I am delivered from turmoil and forget or withhold praise for my delivery? Each of us work our way through life trials and tribulations but how aware are my co-workers, friends and general community that I am grateful to God for my salvation, my life and hope in Him? There are any number of things in my life, at any given time, that frustrate me. Mostly having to do with social programs and dishonest people. These frustrations will always be present but generally they do not disrupt my personal joy and peace. 
The sustainment of my joy can only be found in the Lord. In spite of all the challenges this life throws me, I know that I am loved by God and He knows what is best for me. I go through times when I feel like I am living in a petrie dish. My life feels like an experiment open for all to see and criticize. Maybe God had a discussion with Satan and these test have been aligned with purpose to prove my faith. If that is so, I must daily examine my attitude, agenda and agility. There have been periods that I have failed miserable at following Job's example. He had an unwavering trust in God. Though the Bible does not say that Job was singing and bubbling with praise through his trials, he never gave up on God. I want to be like Job. I want to give the Lord praise for every good thing He has done and is doing for me.
I can never know the trials that I have been spared for my relationship with Christ. All the plans I have made that might have led me right into disaster, God just intervened on my behalf. All the things I have not done because my relationship with Jesus kept me from those temptations, those things that could have utterly ruined me. It was the Lord that delivered me from my own waywardness. It is the Lord who revived me from e-coli and He that rescues me from pneumonia. He alone is the author of goodness in my life. I surely don't want my life to be missing praise to my Lord!
Psalm 107:31 KJV "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"

Mickey Kyler 1906 14

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