“With all my heart I praise the Lord.”
These words were penned by David in the Book of Psalms.
Can I say them and mean it?
What does it mean to praise God with all my heart?
I’m not exactly sure. But I think it begins with emptying myself of all the stuff in my life.
In order to do that, I must stop my body and quiet my mind….put my agenda and cares aside.
All that so I there’s only me and HIM. And only then can I fully be in the moment to praise HIM.
Read David’s words…
With all my heart I praise the Lord,
and with all that I am I praise his holy name!
With all my heart I praise the Lord!
I will never forget how kind he has been.
The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick,
and protects us from death.
His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.
Each day that we live, he provides for our needs
and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
Psalm 103:1-5 CEV
Let’s use these verses to meditate on…to remember and recall…
God’s forgiveness, His healing, His protection, His kindness,
His love, His provision, and His strength.
It seems that the result of this humbling of ourselves, and acknowledgement of our Great God,
is praising Him with ALL our hearts.
We can do this.
Consider making it an experiment.
Test yourself. Test God.
Take some time during the day for this exercise. See what it does for your attitude, your ability to trust God for tough things, and for loving those sharing the journey.
I think David knew something valuable for everyday living.
He concludes the passage speaking of God giving us the strength of a young eagle.
It occurs to me that this strength, that we so desperately need, comes to us when we praise God with all our hearts.
Maybe this is an “ah ha” moment for you. I think it is for me.
There are so many life principles woven throughout God’s word that really do help us live fully, if we take time to discover them, and choose to integrate them in our lives.
So what do you say? Yes! to praising God with all your heart?
A great place to start is to join me for our weekly Joy Day!
Joy Day! is a time when we count just seven things from our past week…
good and bad…and give thanks for them.
God, I’m grateful for…
- The promise of Spring in the brown Forsythia twigs
- Learning the job was filled without being interviewed or called despite my follow-up calls of inquiry
- The amazing recognition & features of my Spring Window on so many lovely blogs
- Colorful eggs…straight from the chicken…no dyeing necessary!
- Tangible expressions of love
- Being available to pray with and for a friend in distress
- Finding my groove
It’s your turn! Simply scroll down to ‘Share Your Thoughts’ and share your seven.
Your Joy Meter will rise! Your world will be set back on its axis.
Thank you for joining me each week for Joy Day!
For me, it’s the most important post of the week. Maybe it is for you too.
By Grace may you find encouragement, inspiration, and HOPE…here.
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