Thankful Praise to the Lord

Good Morning…join with me this morning as we continue to explore the song and prayer of praise King David offered to the Lord in the thirtieth Psalm. David cried unto the Lord, “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper” (Psalms 30:10). If God hears our prayers, if the great God who created the universe divided the waters and spoke light into the world, would give His ear to the petitions of our hearts, it would be the mercy of God. My friend, it is only the mercy of God that we are here this morning. I thank God this morning for His mercy; I thank God that He will give His Holy ear to hear the cries of my heart. David’s plea of mercy was for God to be his helper. To be his helper in pain, to be his helper in temptations, to be his helper during his sufferings and heartaches. Also, in the difficult times of life when we feel like we are growing faint in heart, God will be your helper. I thank God this morning for helping me through all my difficult times. David knew what the help of God would do, listen to his praise of God, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;” (v.11). God will turn the mourning of your heart into dancing at the mention of His name. My friend, keep trusting in the Lord, and get yourself a good pair of dancing shoes because your time is coming! The tears you have shed in prayer, the mourning of your heart will all turn to your favor. Jesus prayed in the garden until his sweat became as drops of blood, and now He is seated at the right hand of the Father! Father, I pray this morning that our readers will be encouraged in their faith and that they will soon feel the tides turning. Be Blessed in Jesus Name.


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Be thankful regardless of our current circumstances?

As Paul wrote Colossians from a prison cell, he was still filled with gratefulness and joy. “Giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:12). My friend, the more we grow in the knowledge of God, the more we give our attention to spiritual matters and to the Kingdom of God, the darker we will see this world and be grateful for the “Marvelous light” of God!” We live in a dark world. Evil is all around us, but we are most thankful for the light of Jesus that leads us to the Father! “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son; In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (v.13, 14). Paul was in a prison cave, thanking God for delivering him from the power of darkness. Paul was thanking God for using His Son’s Blood (Jesus) to forgive his sins. No matter our condition or current circumstances, we can thank God for our Salvation. We can thank God for delivering us from the power of Satan. We can give thanks for the inheritance of the Power of the Holy Spirit of God. Whatever your current circumstance, maybe this morning, it is only temporal. However, your Salvation is eternal through the Power of God, through His Son Jesus, and the keeping of the Holy Spirit of God. Father, I pray this morning that our readers are encouraged through the Power of God. I pray, we focus on our eternal promises in Jesus instead of our temporal condition in the flesh. Be Blessed in Jesus Name.

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Why we pray for fellow Christians.

One of the responsibilities we owe one another as Christians; is that we pray for each other, and I love reading when the Apostle Paul mentioned how he prayed for the believers in Colossae. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it do not cease to pray for you and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9). What a powerful prayer to pray for another believer; once Paul had learned of the faith and love this young church was demonstrating among each other; he prayed that they would grow in their relationship with Christ. As Christians, we must desire to be filled with the “knowledge” of God’s will. Whatever we are filled with, will control our thinking, control our desires, and control our actions. But, God’s will is obtained from His Holy Word; it is impossible to be filled with the “will” of someone if you do not know them. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us. His Word is where we learn of God’s Son Jesus and that He died for our sins. God’s Word is where we learn that Jesus rose on the third day morning and now is seated at the Father’s right hand. Therefore, we must grow in the “Wisdom” of God, which is found in the principles of His Holy Word. “Wisdom” and “Spiritual Understanding” are gifts of the Holy Spirit of God; they do not come from fleshly or worldly-minded folks. I want to encourage us this morning to “Set your (our) affection on things above, not on things on earth” Col. 3:2). Wisdom, along with Spiritual understanding, activates the power of the Holy Spirit to be lived out in our lives. Father, I pray for all our readers this morning that we would be “fill with the knowledge of your will,” that we may walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Be Blessed in Jesus Name


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