Tag Archives: Praise

Proverbs 27:21


There’s nothing that shows the ugliness of pride quicker than praise.

Most people simply can’t handle being praised without succumbing to a measure of pride.  The degree to which we fall varies depending on the situation, but few people are truly able to refuse the praise for long.  Even when we attempt to direct the praise to God, where all praise belongs…true humility is a rare thing.

When God uses a person to accomplish something noteworthy or good, that person faces a test.  Praise, fame, acclaim…suddenly that person finds themselves in a position of temptation.  It feels good to be recognized for our good deeds or actions.  But there comes a point when, after giving the glory to God a few times, the person may just smile and say thank you rather than pointing to God.

Pride enters and it is a sin.

When you keep the glory for yourself rather than giving it to God, that is a sin.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
Proverbs 27:21 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.27.21.NLT

Psalms 65:8

Some days God gives us insight when we read His word.  Other days He fills us with feelings.  And some days we simply sit in awe of Him and all of His creation.

The love of God is amazing and meant to be shared.

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
Psalms 65:8 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.65.8.NLT

Proverbs29:5

Flattery is excessive and insincere praise, oftentimes used to manipulate a person.

This verse makes a whole lot more sense once you define the word flatter.  You’ve probably heard the phrase “flattery will get you everywhere” used in flirting, or light joking, in a positive manner.  But there is nothing positive about flattery.

It is manipulative and coercive meant to “gently” get someone to agree to something or feel better about someone than what their conscience might be telling them.

It is destructive and it is a lie, but it the lie we all want to hear, and that is why it is so successful.

To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
Proverbs 29:5 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.29.5.NLT

Psalm 150:1

Psalm

So, this wasn’t the post that I had planned for tonight.

I actually had planned to focus on the first chapter of Mark, however, I am fighting off a cold and my head is all wonky….so this is what you get ūüôā

I found a great little meme-maker download that is so basic I think I could teach my cat how to use it.¬† If anyone else likes putting words to pictures, you can go here and download this little program¬† http://download.cnet.com/Free-Meme-Creator/3000-2192_4-75904184.html¬† I have Norton 360 and it didn’t flag the download file and my computer is still working fine so I think it is virus free ūüôā


Back to this little wordy photo…

Whenever I look up at the sky, it makes me acknowledge just how¬†truly¬†“small”¬†I am.¬† I love¬†cloudy skies of all kinds.¬† I love blue skies (though they make me sneeze horribly).¬† I love puffy white clouds.¬†¬†But my favorite type of sky is the stormy sky full of power and emotion!

I see God in all types of skies.¬† I see His creative hand in nature.¬† And the best time to¬†praise Him is when I’m out¬†in¬†the raw of His creation, underneath His expanse, feeling as small as ever.¬† Yes, I praise God with¬†hands held high, singing totally off-key with whatever song pops into my head (but only when I’m alone in nature LOL), and I praise¬†Him quietly¬†in my mind throughout the day when I see a dozen mini-miracles happen in my life.

I praise Him when I see terrible things on the news because as those things I see get darker and darker everyday, the brighter His light shines.

I praise Him when things are looking great in my life and I praise Him when things are looking bleak because I know He’s about to switch things up again!

Don’t wait for Sunday to Praise God~

Don’t wait for Sunday to think about our God~

Don’t wait for a commercialized holiday to celebrate our Lord and Savior~

Today is reason enough to praise our God and think about how AWESOME He is and celebrate our Lord and Savior!

Praise God!

1 Chronicles 16:25

go7bn

It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of day-to-day life that we lose sight of our awesome LORD.

I can’t count the number of times I’m rushing here or there without taking the time to gaze in wonder at one of God’s creations, let alone stop and Praise Him as I should.

Most of us will take the time to look upon a stunning landscape, that’s easy and Praise for Him¬†is natural and easy.¬† But,¬†sometimes the creations I’m missing are other people, maybe people in need.¬† Each and every person is no less “stunning” in their complexity and yet how often to do we stop and take the time to Praise our LORD these creations?

There are so many reasons to praise God!¬† His works of Creation, His Lovingkindness, His Grace, His Mercy, His Justice, His Power, His Glory, His Promises, His Guidance, His Sacrifice, His Truth, His Word, His Son, His Protection, His Security……

The list goes on and on and on…feel free to add to the list in the comments below ūüôā

Psalm 25:1

gjpsc

Whether or not you believe animals have souls is not the purpose of this image.

This image was just so cute, I had to find a caption for it!¬† I pictured Alvin, Simon, Theodore jumping up and down and screaming, “Pick me,¬†pick me,¬†pick me!”¬† In their over-dramatic fashion. ~laughs~

Now I apologize if you don’t know who The Chipmunks¬†were because I think you have been deprived of that privilege if that’s the case.

The fact is, many people are like that.¬† They jump up and down (even if only on the inside) screaming to God, “Pick me, pick me, pick me” thinking that if they can just do one more thing, then God will accept them.

The truth is,¬†our God has done it all for US.¬† We can’t reach¬†Him with anything we do, but He can and has reached down to us.¬†¬†We¬†don’t have to struggle with the impossibility of building¬†our own bridge to God.¬†¬†God has already given us a bridge to Him, the¬†man, Jesus, who is the Christ, our Lord and Savior.

So the next time you raise up your hands to God, let it be in Praise!  Lift up your hands and say thank You Lord as you accept the free gift He is offering.

Lift up your soul to the Lord!