365 Days of Praise

Praise to LORD OF SABAOTH

07/15/2018

“Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.”

The first time I read “Lord of SABAOTH” in James 5:4, I thought it was a reference to the Sabbath. However, “SABAOTH” means host or hosts, especially in relation to warfare or service. Study this name in depth and you’ll find it’s a reference to Jehovah SABAOTH’S reign over the host of angels, the air, nations, and demons. To think that the LORD OF SABAOTH heard the cries of workers who were unfairly treated by their bosses is amazing. Keep praying, friends.  The Lord of SABAOTH hears your prayers.

Lord of Sabaoth, we worship You and are humbled by Your majesty; yet tender compassion for us. 

NEWS:  On July 10, Harvest House Publishers released my updated Prayers of My Heart prayer journal.  I received an early copy and God led me to begin a #AttitudeOfGratitude movement. I encourage you to get a copy. Proceeds benefit Hill Country Ministries 20 year mission to spread the Word & Love of Jesus.  Click to Watch the Live Video where I explain 7 Reasons to Journal, how to get the most out of journaling, and how to be part of the #AttitudeOfGratitude. WATCH NOW

Praise to the LORD of HOSTS

07/14/2018

“O LORD OF HOSTS, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 

Isaiah 37:16

Who do you call on when you’re in distress, when the world is caving in around you, and there is no one who can help you? Who do you call out to when you’re alone and powerless to change a situation? Those times have a way of humbling us. Whereas we may have been too busy to pray, we suddenly find we’re continually praying. We’re calling on God, crying out to Him. Such was the case with King Hezekiah when Sennacherib, king of Assyria, threatened to overtake Jerusalem. Hezekiah prayed and prayed hard. Listen to his prayer:

O LORD OF HOSTS, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God. … Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, are God.” Isaiah 37:16-17, 20

Needless to say, Hezekiah didn’t want to be a defeated king. He didn’t want Jerusalem to be taken over by an enemy. But his prayer also points to a noble reason to pray for God’s deliverance – so people know that the LORD is God of all the kingdoms of the earth. When we pray, do we pray only for ourself? Or, are we praying so that God is glorified in the situation?

LORD of Hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim, we worship You and recognize You as God alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. Rule in our hearts and minds so You are glorified through our lives. 

NEWS:  On July 10, Harvest House Publishers released my updated Prayers of My Heart prayer journal.  I received an early copy and God led me to begin a #AttitudeOfGratitude movement. I encourage you to get a copy, proceeds benefiting Hill Country Ministries 20 year mission to spread the Word & Love of Jesus.  Click to Watch the Live Video where I explain 7 Reasons to Journal, how to get the most out of journaling, and how to join the #AttitudeOfGratitude movement. Debbie Taylor Williams LIVE

Praise to LORD OF ALL THE EARTH

07/13/2018

“It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord, the LORD OF ALL THE EARTH…”

I often hear a person say that it doesn’t matter who you worship, as long as you worship someone or something. It matters to the LORD OF ALL THE EARTH.  Why would the LORD OF ALL THE EARTH want His creation to bow to and follow another god? He doesn’t! He’s the One we’re to bow before, listen to, and follow. Him alone.

Heavenly Father, we praise YOU, LORD OF ALL THE EARTH! Your majesty and power are glorious. You reign in perfect righteousness. 

Praise to LORD OF LORDS

07/12/2018

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Revelation 19:16

Anyone can call themselves “lord.” Anyone can “lord” themselves over another. But no one is inherently the LORD of LORDS except our LORD. When Jesus Christ, Son of God, our Savior, comes again to earth, He won’t be coming as a baby. He’ll be leading a heavenly host army. And on His robe and on His thigh, we’ll read this name: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

You, Christ Jesus, are LORD OF LORDS. We bow in worship. We rise in praise. 

Praise to the LORD My BANNER

07/11/2018

“Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner”

Exodus 17:15

Do you need a rallying point: some place you can go to find victory over your old nature and the devil’s temptations? Moses discovered that the Lord was his rallying point. When he held high the BANNER OF THE LORD, the Israelites were victorious over their enemies. They fought in God’s name and strength, not their own. The same holds true for us.  The LORD IS OUR BANNER. When we lift His name high in prayer and look to His strength, we find victory over our sin nature and the enemy.

LORD, we praise You and lift high the BANNER of YOUR NAME over our flesh and the devil.  

Praise to God who LOOSENS BONDS

07/09/2018

 “Lord, surely I am Your servant, 
You have LOOSED MY BONDS.

Psalm 116:16

Do you ever feel “tied up” by a spiritual, physical, or emotional bondage? Are you concerned for a loved one who is in bondage?  In Psalm 116 we’re reminded that God can do what no one else can do. He can loosen cords that bind us. In fact, He has loosed us from the bonds of death and given us freedom for eternity. “Unbind him and let him go,” Jesus directed those who witnessed Him raise Lazarus from the dead. “Unbind her. Unbind him,” Jesus commands when we call out to Him in faith.

Lord, You are the great and mighty God who LOOSENS BONDS. We praise You for the bonds from which You’ve set us free and pray You loosen and set free those who are still in bondage. 

Praise to the LIVING WATER

07/08/2018

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of LIVING WATER.’

“I’m thirsty!” How many times have we said or thought that? And, if possible, we reach for a drink of water. Our bodies need water. In fact, they’re largely made up of water. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Water Science School explains just how important water is to our body:

Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.

So we get that our body needs water. But, what about our spirit? It needs water, too; Living Water, the Holy Spirit. Jesus clearly explained this.

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” 

But this He spoke of the SPIRIT, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the SPIRIT was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

As water is to the body, so the Holy Spirit is to the soul.

Our body is dead without water. Our spirit is dead without Living Water.

Plain. Simple. Truth. Drink or die.

LIVING WATER, sweet Jesus, thank You for coming from above to speak truth into our lives. Thank You for giving Your Living Holy Spirit to all who turn to You for salvation. 

Praise to the LIVING ONE

07/07/2018

“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.’”

Death seems final, doesn’t it? I wept at my mother’s graveside even though we had known her death was near. Friends and families’ words, “You’ll see her again,” were comforting. But the reality was the casket. The shovel. The dirt.

During our lifetime, we’ll lose someone to death. Jesus’s disciple, John, clearly saw Jesus die. The scourging. The nails. The cross. The sword in His side. The blood and water. The tomb.

But then, John saw Him again!

Can you imagine what it must have been like for John to not only see the resurrected Christ, but to also see Christ glorified in heaven?

John recorded his experience. You can read it in Revelation 1. Jesus is glowing! His eyes are brilliant. His appearance is glorious. His voice tumultuous. He’s not barely alive. He’s abundantly alive! And He has a message for John to take to earth. He has the keys of death. In other words. You’re not staying locked in a casket or an urn. The one who made Adam out of dirt is regenerating you to your glorified body – fit for the Kingdom.

In light of knowing that we and our loved ones aren’t staying dead, what is our response? I want to run out the door and shout that a glorious body and place await us. I want to tell people that sin is the cause for eternal separation from Christ’s glory and He is ready to forgive. What can we do if not run out the door and shout the good news? Pray. Present the gospel. Put His glory before our lives so others see and believe in the resurrected Lord.

LIVING ONE, brilliantly glorious One, even though we can’t see You, we believe in You. Help us love You more each day so our lives are displays of Your glory; drawing others to You.

Praying for our unsaved friends and neighbors is crucial. I designate a column in the Week at A Glance section of Prayers of My Heart to pray for the United States and Unsaved. What do I pray? Check out this short SLIDE SHOW.

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Praise to God who LISTENS

07/06/2018

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will LISTEN to you.”

Do you ever wish that someone would listen to you? You may ask a person, “Are you listening to me?” They may answer, “Yes.” But you still wonder if they’re really listening and hearing what you’re saying.  We don’t have to wonder if God listens to us. He clearly states, “You pray. I’ll LISTEN.”

Lord, thank You for LISTENING when we come to You in prayer. We praise You!

Praise to the LION OF JUDAH

07/05/2018

“Stop weeping; behold, the LION that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

 Revelation 5:5

Messiah’s title, LION OF JUDAH, can be traced to Genesis 49:9 when Jacob blessed his son, Judah, and referred to him as “Young Lion.” Christ, who came from this noble tribe of Israel, is not a “Young Lion.” He is not one who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, as Satan does. (1 Peter 5:8) He is not a pretend Lion King.  Rather, the Lord Jesus Christ is THE LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH. He is the noblest. He is the most powerful. He overcomes all, even death. He alone is worthy to open the scroll that is sealed.

Lord Jesus Christ, LION OF JUDAH, we worship You, worthy above all others!