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In Touch - Aug. 4-5, 2007

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

August 4-5, 2007 – Made For Praise - Psalm 100:1-5

            Think about the husband who doesn’t communicate with his wife unless he needs something. If the only time he interacts with her is when he has a need, then she’s not being loved. She’s being used.

            But don’t we sometimes treat God the same way? We lift prayer request after prayer request. And yet we fail to give Him admiration and praise. How frequently do we attempt to use the Lord to fill our selfish needs?

            First Peter 2:9 says we exist to praise God. Our worries and concerns are of great importance to Him. But He also wants us to come to Him with a worshipful heart, not an attitude of self-centeredness.

            You may ask, “What’s the point of praise?” When you begin to worship the Lord, your focus shifts to Him. Then you’ll begin to recall the ways in which He’s impacted your life. As Psalm 105:5 says, “Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth.”

            Praising the Lord is one of the main themes in Scripture. We’re told to do so joyfully (Psalm 100:1), throughout the day (Psalm 113:3), and in the presence of others (Psalm 108:3; 111:1). God truly created us to praise Him.

            Take some time today to reflect on God’s mighty work of salvation in your life. Instead of approaching the Lord with a list of requests, simply praise Him for His faithfulness and righteousness. When your heart is full of praise, worries will wash away. And you’ll trust God to provide for your needs in His own timing.


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