365 Days of Praise

Praise the LAMB of GOD

06/26/2017

“These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, 

‘Behold, the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world!‘”

John 1:28-29

Do you remember the account when God called Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac? I’ll never forget when the words jumped off the pages of the Bible. Abraham said to Isaac as they walked to the place where he was to sacrifice Isaac, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.” (Gen 22:8)

God will provide the lamb for the sacrifice. 

And, so He did. A ram appeared in the bushes and Abraham sacrificed the lamb in Isaac’s place. And, so God does for us.  He provides the Lamb – Jesus – innocent, holy, undefiled – to be the sacrifice for our sins.

God provided for Himself the sacrifice. 

Is it any wonder that the angelic announcement of Christ’s birth was first made to shepherds? And the shepherds left the flock over which they were keeping watch … to find and worship the LAMB of God.

Jesus, LAMB OF GOD, thank You for giving Your precious life as a sacrifice for our sins. We love You!

Praise to God who KNOWS ALL (OMNISCIENT)

06/25/2017

Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you KNOW it all

 Psalm 139:4

God is ALL KNOWING. He knows our thoughts. Romans 8:26,27. He knows our future. Acts 11:27,28. There is no one to whom we can go who is more knowledgeable. We can bow before Him. We can tell Him our needs. We can admit our secrets and struggles. Wherever life is taking us, He knows where we are and the best course of action for us to take. We’re wise to ask for His help.

Lord, we praise you and thank You, ALL KNOWING, OMNISCIENT Lord!

Praise to the KING of SAINTS

06/24/2017
 Who’s your governor?

Who’s your president?

Who’s your king?

If a foreigner asked us who our king is, we might reply that in the US we have a president; not a king. But, is that totally true? If we’re a believer, we have a king. Our king was victorious over Satan. Our king bought us with Christ’s blood. Our king transferred us from Satan’s domain to His glorious kingdom. Our king put His seal, the Holy Spirit, on us. Our king’s laws are outlined in the Bible.

Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou

KING OF SAINTS.  Revelation 15:3 NKJ

Day in/day out, how mindful are we that we have a king? What are ways we show respect for our King and His authority?

Our KING, forgive us when we ignore You and Your authority. Help us be mindful of You as we go about our day in Your kingdom.

Praise to the KING of the NATIONS

06/23/2017

Great and marvelous are Your works, O LORD God, the Almighty;

Righteous and true are Your ways,

KING OF THE NATIONS.” 

Revelation 15:3

Have you ever received a call from a loved one or friend and been told, “I just prayed to receive Christ?” That happened to me just now and tears of joy are rolling down my checks.

The words I’d previously typed for today won’t do. Instead, I appeal to you to consider that God gave John a glimpse of heaven so he could tell us that it’s real; so each one of us can respond to God’s gift of salvation.

The best visual I know to explain how we will one day be raised following our death is to consider a bulb such as an tulip. The bulb looks dead. Human hands bury it in the ground. But, God created life within the bulb and it rises to a new life in a changed form.

Every person will die.  But, our burial doesn’t mean we will no longer live. God created us with a soul that lives after the body dies. Every soul goes before God.

In Revelation in a scene in heaven, God lets us know that He is the KING OF THE NATIONS; putting to end the belief that it doesn’t matter who you worship as long as you worship something/someone.  It does matter. It matters for your soul.

The soul of the person who rejected God’s gift of salvation through Jesus will appear before God; just as the soul of the person who received God’s gift of salvation will appear before Him. God will honor each person’s response to His gift of salvation. The soul who rejected His gift of life with Him will live eternally apart from Him. The soul of the person who by faith received God’s gift of forgiveness through Jesus will live eternally with Him.  And, if anyone thinks they’ll get a second chance after they die, the Bible clearly explains that is not true.

God’s offer of eternal life with Him through the forgiveness of sins is clear:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him will not die, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:11

“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:13

If you’e never repented of your sins and called on the name of Jesus for forgiveness, would you now?

Lord, God, KING of the NATIONS, I call on You to save me. I know I’ve sinned. I ask You to forgive me through Jesus’s death on the cross on my behalf. Heavenly Father, please send Your Holy Spirit into my soul and cleanse me. Take away my sins and seal me for eternity with You in heaven. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.  

If you prayed this prayer, God cleaned your soul of your sins and sent His Holy Spirit into it. You can now begin to know your Heavenly Father in a new and special way. You’ll discover that Jesus is God, but also your friend. And, the Holy Spirit is your helper. I want to help you grow in your understanding. Email or call me. I’ll send you my Bible study, Discovering His Passion. Subscribe to this free daily post so you can grow in your understanding of who God is. I’m happy and excited for you. Yes, my eyes are filled with tears of joy for you.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Get ready for your new life in Christ!

Please let me hear from you by commenting below or email me at debbie@debbietaylorwilliams.com.

Praise to the KING of KINGS

06/22/2017

“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the KING of KINGS and Lord of lords”

1 Timothy 6:15

The apostle Paul was given a glimpse of heaven. It was with tremendous conviction that he therefore dedicated his life to serving God. Were we to have the same glimpse, perhaps our lives and lips would flow in unwavering praise as Paul’s,

He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the KING OF KINGS and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen,” 1 Timothy 6:15-16.

Do we believe God is the KING OF KINGS who dwells in unapproachable light? If so, may our words flow in praise.

You are the KING OF KINGS and Lords of lords; We praise you, blessed, Sovereign KING!

Praise to the KING of the JEWS

06/21/2017

“‘Where is He who has been born KING of the JEWS ?

For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’”

Matthew 2:2

If the only way you could save your child was to let him kill you, would you? The LORD Jesus loved mankind that much.  What is your response to Christ’s sacrificial love; because we will either love or hate Him.

The wise men worshipped Jesus. The Jews and Romans whipped Jesus.

The wise men gave Jesus gifts. The Jews and Romans gave Jesus lashes.

The wise men celebrated Jesus’s birth. The Jews and Romans celebrated Jesus’s death.

Not all kings are recognized as kings. Such was the case with the Lord Jesus  when He walked on earth. Such is still the case with those who refuse to acknowledge His Lordship. But one day, all people will bow before the KING OF THE JEWS.

Lord Jesus, KING OF THE JEWS and our King, we worship You. Reign in our lives.

Praise to the KING OF GLORY

06/20/2017

“Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the KING of GLORY may come in!
Who is the  KING of GLORY?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the  KING of GLORY may come in!
Who is this  KING of GLORY?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the  KING of GLORY.”

There are lots of types of kings: tyrant kings, good kings, lazy kings, aggressive kings. So think with me. What kind of a king would you, do you, want to rule over you? What kind of a king do you want to be subject to?
Our leader, ruler is the King of Glory. The word “glory” in Psalm 24 means “majesty, splendor.” We’re the most blessed of all people.

KING OF GLORY, majestic splendor, we lift up our hands and hearts in praise of You. 

Praise to Our KIND LORD

06/19/2017

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His KINDNESS and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the KINDNESS of God leads you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4

I see it in his eyes. They are kind. His eyes say it all. His eyes tell me what’s in his heart. My husband, Keith, looks at me with kind eyes. My response? I feel the most tender of love for him. It’s true of anger, also.

The eyes are the voice of the soul telling us what fills the heart. And, so we wonder. What fills Jesus’s eyes?  What if you were in His presence and He looked deeply into your eyes. What if you couldn’t take your eyes away from His. What would you see in His eyes for you? You’d see kindness; kindness beyond anything you’d experienced. Kindness that causes you to love Him with every fiber of your being.

So, the apostle asks. Do we think lightly of His KINDNESS and tolerance and patience toward us? In other words, are we going about our day with a judgmental, critical spirit, hardly looking Christ’s way? When convicted of our sin, do we look in Jesus’s eyes and sincerely apologize? Or, are we like a child who is caught doing something wrong and forced to mutter, “Sorry.”

“Look in Jesus’s eyes,” we’re reminded. “Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”

So, we pause today…and look into Jesus’s eyes.

Dear Savior, You are so kind and loving and patient. Forgive us for sinning against You when we sin against others. Draw us to Yourself, to look into Your eyes and heart so we reflect Your rich kindness to others. 

Praise to the KEEPER of the KEYS

06/18/2017

 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and

I HAVE THE KEYS of death and of Hades.”

Revelation 1:17-18

Can you imagine what it was like for John to see the glorified Christ? To say that it was an overpowering experience is an understatement. John writes that “he fell like a dead man at Jesus’ feet.” John’s experience was more than a vision. Jesus placed His right hand on him. Then, Jesus assured John that although He had been dead, He was alive forevermore. In addition, He explained that He had the keys (power and authority) over death and Hades. No doubt you feel as I do – blessed beyond words that Jesus has flung open the gate for us to enter into eternal life with Him!

Lord Jesus Christ, You who have the KEYS OF DEATH AND OF HADES,  we praise You and thank You for bringing us out of death and into Your eternal light!

Praise to the KEEPER of Our Soul

06/17/2017

“The Lord is your keeper
 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.”

Psalm 121:5-7

I need a keeper. Someone to watch out for me and over me. Why? Because sometimes I don’t know the right path to take. Sometimes I start to let my emotions run around like a cat let out of a bag. I need a keeper with a capital K. And, you know what? I have One and so do you if you’re a Christian.

Isn’t it nice, no…more like wonderful, to think on the fact that we have a Keeper? And, our Heavenly Keeper isn’t dozing on a puffy cloud. Psalm 121:3-4 says, “He who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel (and we’re grafted into Israel) will neither slumber or sleep.” In other words, our Soul Keeper is alert and watching out for us; guarding, preserving, and protecting us.  So, of all the people in the world to whom you could entrust your soul, who more wonderful than our Heavenly Father?

And, here’s something to think about. Isaiah wrote, “It is You who have kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”* Isn’t that a marvelous visual? God casts all our sins behind Him and keeps our souls from the pit of nothingness.  I’m jumping up and down in my spirit over that one. The more time we spend with Him learning His ways, the more filled we are; guarded and protected from the pit of nothingness.

Will we ever have bad things happen? Of course. We live in a sinful world. But we aren’t destined today or for eternity to a pit of nothingness.  And, even on our worst day, we have no idea what evil our Father has kept from us.  So, today and every day, we can have gratitude to our Heaven Father for keeping our souls.

Heavenly Father, Soul Keeper, we praise You for protecting us from eternal evil and the pit of nothingness. Thank You, Lord. 

*Isaiah 38:17