Praise Him for all the help and protection that you may not have even been aware of

Taking Time to Recharge
Praise That Pleases – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 69:31-36

Key Verse: Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

There is a story in the gospel of Luke that confirms the Psalmist David’s declaration that praise pleases God.  Jesus and His disciples were traveling along the border of Galilee one day when ten men with leprosy started shouting from a distance: “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  (They knew they were not allowed to get too close to any other human being because of their disease.)  With His divine authority, Jesus simply said: “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  When someone felt that they were clean after a bout with leprosy, it was the priests that had to confirm it and give them permission to rejoin society.  Jesus was saying, you are healed—go to the priests and let them confirm it.  As these ten lepers went, they were healed, according to Luke 17:14.

            One of them, upon realizing he was healed, returned to Jesus, threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.  Jesus revealed His pleasure of this one that returned and His frustration at the other nine that didn’t take time to praise Him with the question: “Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?”  I want to be the one who returns to praise Jesus for all his goodness.  Start your prayer time picturing yourself coming back to Jesus, falling at His feet and giving Him praise.  Call to memory all of yesterday’s help and protection from God.  Praise Him for it.  Praise Him for all the help and protection that you may not have even been aware of!

Father, I want to increase my levels of gratitude for all you are and do for me.  I will daily praise your name.  You are gracious and generous to your children.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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