There is only one Person in the universe worthy of our praise, and that is our wonderful Creator and Savior. "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:12, NIV).
The day had been long and busy at the office, and I was very weary. The challenges before me were overwhelming. My mind was filled with all the events of the day and what I saw as problems.
Suddenly I was reminded of something that I had been learning over a period of time -- the power of praise.
I turned to the Psalm 145 and began reading that marvelous psalm of praise. Before long, my heart, which had been weary, cold and indifferent to the things of God, was reawakened. Out of my innermost being, I found myself giving praise to our great God and Savior.
There are many Christians who live in defeat when it is totally unnecessary. As an act of the will, even if they do not feel like it, if they took the time to praise, worship and adore God, they would experience His victory. Praise of God is one of the most liberating experiences one can know. Our "feelings" do not change His worthiness nor our need to praise Him.
Psalm 145 has 21 verses. I suggest you open your Bible, read it and vocalize it today to our Savior. Here are the first seven verses:
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness (NIV)
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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