Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Awakening of the Dawn

There are times, like right now…where my heart is in such an awe of God that all I can do is praise Him…I’m quieted….all my requests cease and from my lips only come praise…what more can I ask? I ponder in amazement….Then there are times that my heart is broken and I’m asking hard questions….times when I don’t understand ….The inspired words of God in the Psalms have such power….I’ve yelled it, I’ve whispered it (although I never end in a whisper…ha!) ….I’ve cried through it… I’ve started reading it w/ a hard attitude and as I read it aloud, He began to soften my heart…. my eyes lift off of me and onto Him and His greatness……….Whatever you may be going through- Hope it may be an encouragement to you ….So turn up the music and shout it….or get alone and cry it…. Praise Him! He is Worthy! Say it out loud to Him! We can join with the angels……

"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things....The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Praise the His servants who do His will.Praise the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent...he makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind....Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced....Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare His praise? Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this- those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south...I will sing and make music with all my soul. I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations...For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth...Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap... to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever...You are my portion, O Lord...Your hands made me and formed soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Your word, O Lord is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens...You established the earth, and it endures. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth...I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven...Praise the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, you sevants of the Lord...Praise the Lord for the Lord is good; sing praise to His name...The Lord does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths....Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever....I will praise you, O Lord, will all my heart...May the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord...for the glory of the Lord is great...The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands...your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle...I will exult you, my God the King; I will praise your name ever and ever...Let every creature praise His holy name...I will sing praise to my God as long as I live...Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above. Praise Him, all his angels, praise Him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars. Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies...He set them in place for ever and ever...kings of the earth and all nations, your princes and all rulers on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. He raised up for His people a horn, the praise of all his saints...the people close to His heart. Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song...May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands...Praise the Lord in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with the tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the srings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
- a collection of praises from the Psalms

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