Deeper Day 271: Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

Today, since it’s Sunday, I wanted to give you some scripture to meditate upon. Take some time and read this over a few times. This portion of scripture is ripe with instruction and affection. I feel God’s presence every time I read it.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God Who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:1-18

It’s so important for us to renew our perspective and remember the gravity of our calling in Christ. In the same way we use the words, “Never forget” when referencing the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11…we should “Never forget” Who we should look to and model our lives after, even when it’s hard. Even when it feels like nobody else in the world is doing it. Even when those close to us say that we are crazy.  We are still to walk like Christ. We must still remember that none of us has anything to brag on except Christ. It is because of Him and through Him that any of us is saved. He is the only way. Never forget your place. We are seated in heavenly places, only because of Christ’s sacrifice. So, at the same time you feel the power and authority God has placed upon you because of your salvation, never lose sight of the One Who paid for you to be where you are today. Jesus. He deserves unending praise and worship from everything that has breath.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Prayer Moment: Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice. I could never reach the end of praising You for what You’ve given me. Without You, I can do nothing. Because of You, I can do everything. Thank You. Help me to always remember how I got to where I am today. Remove all pride from my heart. I adore You. I praise You forever. In Your name I pray, Amen.