365 Days of Praise - Beyond Ourselves

Praise to the God of all WISDOM

11/24/2021

Are you in the midst of making a decision?  Do you wonder what the best course of action is regarding work, parenting, a relationship, or finances?

If ever there was a time to follow the path of wisdom, it’s now.

Wisdom for the road before us. Wisdom for how to proceed.

Proverbs remind us that the Lord is the source and provider of wisdom.

How blessed we are to be able to go to our Heavenly Father, read His ways, pray, and receive His wisdom. When we don’t know which path to follow, we can follow our hearts to His heart.

GOD OF WISDOM, we praise You that we can come to You for heavenly wisdom. Thank You for providing it when we seek You.

 “For the Lord gives WISDOM; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Do You Hear Him

11/23/2021

Have you ever done a study on the voice of God? It’s fascinating! In Isaiah 30:30, we’re told the following about God’s voice.

And the Lord will cause His VOICE OF AUTHORITY to be heard.

The literal translation is “VOICE OF MAJESTY.” How does God speak to us?  He speaks through His majestic creation that He is glorious and that He is a God of order with unlimited imagination. God’s voice speaks to us through the Bible, the wisest, most beautifully written work of all time. God speaks to us through Christ letting us know that He is sacrificial, loving, and forgiving. God’s voice speaks to us in our innermost being warning us of the dangers of sin and calling to us to walk in His ways. Yes, God’s voice goes forth. He calls to us but sometimes the busyness of the day drowns out His voice. How can we make sure we don’t miss hearing God calling to us? We purposefully choose to slip out of our beds in the mornings and quietly meet with Him – just the two of us – so we can hear Him without interruptions. We return throughout the day to think on Him and listen for His promptings. His voice encourages us in our weariness. His voice comforts us that we repent of sin. His voice instructs us, “Take this course of action…”  If we take God seriously,  write down His instructions, and follow through on what He tells us, we discover He calls to us and instructs even more. Are we listening? Are we obeying? Are we experiencing the blessed life of intimacy with the Almighty?

Voice of Authority, Voice of Majesty, thank You for speaking to us. Tune our hearts and minds to recognize Your voice and obey You. 

Start 2022 journaling your prayers, praises, and God’s instructions in Prayers of My Heart.

Praise to God, Our VINDICATOR

11/22/2021

Evil abounds as you well know whether it’s human trafficking, child abuse, pornography, persecution of Christians, rape, abandonment, violence, abortion, murder, the list goes on. God is not blind. He sees what’s going on in our nation and world. He knows who is causing terror.

God is not deaf. He hears our prayers and desires.

God strengthens our hearts when we cry to Him. He will VINDICATE the orphan and the oppressed as  Psalm 10:17-18 says.

O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to VINDICATE the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Yes, as we look at 365 ways God reveals Himself to us in the Bible we find one of the ways is as a vindicator. That is His name and His nature. The humble one who follows Christ will enter into His glorious eternal presence.

Lord God, VINDICATOR of the orphan and the oppressed, we praise You. Thank You that You will right what is wrong and that terror will no longer exist in Your holy presence. Thank You for making a way for us in heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord..

Know Jesus as Savior.

If You Want Joy

11/21/2021

Jesus is interested in you and if your life and days are meaningful. Why? He designed us to bear fruit. In John 15:1-2  Jesus explains how our lives can be fruitful if we live in close relationship to Him.

I am the true vine, and My Father is the VINEDRESSER. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

Why does God prune the dead, fruitless branches and eagerly watch to see if we begin bearing fruit? A fruitful life brings us joy and Him glory. I didn’t understand that until I planted a garden several years ago. Then I understood the joy of seeing a branch bear a flower and then fruit. God is our vinedresser. He watches us every day and prunes from us that which is unproductive so we bear glorious fruit. Without doubt the apple, peach, or tomato that reaches peak ripeness is the most flavorful and delicious. If we sometimes feel the pressure of the Father’s pruning shears on us, it’s proof that He loves us and is present in our life.  Rather than resist ways He is pruning you, be glad that He cares about you. Yield to His touch. You’ll bear more fruit and experience more joy.

Lord, You are the VINEDRESSER. We praise You that You care about us and want us to be productive, joyful Christians. Prune us so we bear much fruit that glorifies You.

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How Refreshing that God is Upright, Not Fallen Like the World

11/20/2021

120 years. That’s how old Moses was when he commissioned Joshua to take his place. Moses’s words, ever so eloquent, are recorded in Deuteronomy 32. I’d love for you to read them. In verses 2-3, Moses poured forth, “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, … For I proclaim the name of the Lord.” Moses continues, “UPRIGHT is He.”

Why did Moses say that God is upright? He wanted us to know that God is believable. He is just, true, and His word is just and true.*

As we go about our lives in a fallen world where people act unjustly and speak untrue words, let Mose’s refreshing words of praise to God wash over you – God and His Word are upright, just, and true! Blessings on you, friend.

UPRIGHT LORD GOD, we praise You that You and Your Word are upright, just, and true. All praise and glory belong to You! 

*http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H3477&t=NASB

Why Bother Worshipping Our Heavenly Father

11/18/2021

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Do you ever wonder, “Why bother to praise God?” If so, Isaiah 40:25 explains why.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (vs 21-22)

To whom then will you liken Me, that I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.  vs 25

God makes it clear that no one is equal to Him. He calls us to lift up our eyes and see the heavens He created. What does this mean for us? It means we are not alone. It means that nothing is too difficult for God. It means our Heavenly Father deserves our worship.

Lord, You are UNEQUALED. There is no one more deserving of praise, honor, and worship than You. 

Here’s Something for Which to be Thankful

11/17/2021

It’s coming! It’s soon. Thanksgiving will be upon us. Is your heart filled with thanksgiving? Or do you feel like a deflated balloon, that many things for which you’d hoped have fallen flat? No one will argue that life is hard. It is. Some time ago someone said to me, “The only good I have is because I’m a Christian.” What did they mean? They were saying that Christ is the “goodness” in their life. He is, in fact, what makes us good. Hebrews 7:26 uses the word “undefiled” to describe Christ because He is more than good. Jesus is “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted about the heavens.”  In other words, Christ is more than a good prophet. He is the high priest of heaven who saves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. No matter the circumstance you are facing today, your good Savior is facing them with you. This day will pass. Christ’s goodness and presence with you will never pass. For that you can be thankful. 

Lord Jesus, holy, undefiled Savior, we love You and praise You, the goodness in our life, our purity and salvation. We are grateful for You and love you.

If You’re Faltering

11/16/2021

I’ve had the blessing of holding our newborn children and grandchildren. Holding them was no problem. They weren’t heavy. As a matter of fact, it was a delight to hold them. I could intently gaze on their faces. I could pray for them. The more I held them, the deeper my love grew. Wouldn’t it have been silly if our little ones had argued, “Don’t hold me. I’m too heavy.” Or, what if they had said, “I don’t want to bother you. You don’t need to hold me.” In light of that, consider our Heavenly Father’s words in Isaiah 41:10, “I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will UPHOLD you with My righteous right hand.” In the Bible, God’s right hand symbolizes His strength. His right hand is a strong hand of righteousness. We can relax in His hands. As He upholds us, we become increasingly aware of His deep love for us. In case you feel like you are faltering, be assured – your UPHOLDER has you.

LORD, Thank You for UPHOLDING us with Your righteous right hand. Thank You for the depth of Your love for us. Thank You that we don’t have to be afraid.  

“For I am the Lord your God, who UPHOLDS your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”  Isaiah 41:13

*Copyright Debbie Taylor Williams, Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion. This is the book that began my collection of God’s 365 names, titles, and attributes. It features chapters that give an in-depth description of 26 of God’s A-Z names, and includes lined space for you to record your prayers, repentance, and praise. Also included are discussion questions for group or personal study. I pray it blesses and deepens your prayer life.  It also makes a great Christmas gift for friends and family as they begin 2022. BUY NOW.

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Do You Have a Problem

11/15/2021

Do you have a problem? Are you in a quandary about what to do about something in your life? Have you talked to Jesus about it? Proverbs 3:19 tells us that He is a God of intelligence, skill, and insight, proven by the creation of the earth and heavens.

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding, He established the heavens.

The Hebrew word for understanding in this verse means “intelligence, skill, and insight.” In other words, when we look at the earth and heavens, we’re seeing the evidence of God’s intelligence, skill, and insight. Trust God to provide you with the wisdom, intelligence, skill, and insight you need for daily life, decisions, and relationships. Pray. Listen to His still quiet voice. Walk by God’s Words and Spirit. 

Jesus, we praise You that You are a God of UNDERSTANDING and we can look to You for skill and insight. 

Oh, Victory in Jesus

11/15/2021

Sin. It’s here. Our sin or another person’s sin is a part of this earthly life. Perhaps one of the most glaring sins is selfishness. We want what we want. We want it when we want it. Things or people who stand in our way frustrate us. But what if sin didn’t exist? What if we were free of sin?  The good news is that day awaits us.  Because of Christ, our Savior and VICTOR over death, we will one day be sin-free as 1 Corinthians 15:57 reminds us.

…thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Gives. Us. Victory. We will one day experience the victory and magnitude of what our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ did through the virgin birth and cross. In the meantime let’s remember to give thanks to God for daily victory over sin we have through the Spirit’s empowerment. Let’s remember and give thanks to God for the eternal victory over sin through Christ. Today, let’s raise our voices in praise of Christ. If you know the song, “Victory in Jesus,” sing it with all your heart. 

LORD, we praise You for being VICTORIOUS over sin and death. We worship You.