Thursday 23rd October – Thursday of week 29 of the year
Reflection: Psalm 33: 1-5; 11-19
PRAISE IS FITTING FOR LOYAL HEARTS
Scriptural references abound that affirm the truth that God delights in the praises of we His children (Psalm 22:3; Hebrews 13:15). Make the best of local or continental dishes, God will not eat (Psalm 50: 9-14); talk of the best of what money can buy as a gift to the Lord, His desire clearly supersedes the ephemeral treasures of this world. God rather relishes in the sincere, heartfelt praise and thanksgiving of His children. The praise and thanksgiving we render to God must not be seasonal neither should it be casual. It should be a product of reflective appreciation of the love and goodness of God to us.
Dear friend, do you feel that you have no reason to thank God? You may be going through some tough times and it appears life has been unfair to you. Do not despair, have hope in the saving grace of God. Situations are not always as bad as they appear. To the one lamenting his lack of shoes, he must be reminded that there is someone without legs. Your situation is not the worst. You are better than many who still see reasons to thank God.
As Christians, loyal children of a loving God, praise must be our unchanging attitude. We must never allow our challenges to drown our songs of praise. Our joyful praise is a strong affirmation of our hope and faith in the saving grace of our loving God, with whom nothing is impossible (Jeremiah 32: 27, Luke 1:37). Praise and thanksgiving are potent prayers. Please look up the scriptural references (Acts 16: 16-36; 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30) and see amazing power of praise in loyal hearts.
PRAYER: Oh wondrous and loving God, I thank you. May your praise perpetually well up in my heart and may my lips eternally proclaim it. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 483 – What are the names of the five main types of prayer?
The five main types of prayer are blessing and adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 33: 1-5, 11-12, 18-19; Luke 12: 49-53