16th February 2013

Praise The Lord

“God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.”
Psalm 145:3 (MSG)

When thinking about what should form the content of our prayers, let me suggest that praising God should be high on the list. When you think about the majesty, the glory, the holiness, the greatness, the wisdom, the mercy, the love, and the grace of God; and the more you learn of these, the more you will find yourself wanting to follow David’s example, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” (Psalm 34:1 NLT).

If you are ever stuck wondering what to pray about just take some time to think about who God is and what he has done, and then praise him for those things.

Our praise of God will soon lead on to thanksgiving, and it is striking how often in the New Testament we are encouraged to praise and thank God: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians.4:2 NIV)  As Christians we should be “overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:7 NIV), and the apostle Paul goes on to say, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

We can praise and thank God for our health and strength, food and clothing, home and shelter, family and friends, safety in travelling, acts of kindness—the list is endless.  But above all, every day in our prayers, we can reflect and meditate on the wonder of our salvation in Christ, and say along with Paul, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV).

Father, we praise you for your great love towards us, and we thank you for sending your Son to reconcile us to you.

Study by Barry Robinson

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