" Seven times a day do I PRAISE Thee because of Thy righteous judgments." Psalm 119:164
Last night I was reading through a few psalms before going to bed. One of the psalms I took to reading was Psalm 119. Most of us know the psalm... or maybe we know a verse here or there that we've memorized.
But as I was reading, I was reminded yet again of the importance of loving the law of the Lord... it's repeated throughout the whole psalm.
The reminder to praise Him was much needed... how good of the Lord to a redirect my thoughts heavenward.
" seven times a day do I praise Thee..."
It makes me wonder how many times during the day I am actually found praising the Lord?
More often than not we are burdened and bowed down with the cares of this world. It's much easier to focus on the troubles, isn't it? But you know, when we are found praising the Lord we gain so much more than when we sulk, or are unthankful.
A heart that blesses the Lord... is a heart at peace.
" Every day will I bless thee;
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. "
And that makes me think... What do I love more?
Shall I sow to the flesh (and my desires)... and reap corruption?
Shall I sow to the Spirit... and reap life everlasting?
Oh, to be found delighting in His Word.
"Great PEACE have they which love THY law..."
Heavenly Father, thank you for the fullness of joy we find in your presence. Help us to have a thankful heart as we face the day before us. May we bless your Holy name for ever and be found delighting in your precious Word.
Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Helen H. Lemmel, 1922
May you be strengthened in your walk today to praise the Lord and find peace in His presence alone.