Never hold back praise to God. Always let His praise be on your lips. He is worthy!!
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds! So great it Your power that Your enemies cringe before You. All the earth bows down to You; they sing praise to You, they sing praise to Your name.” Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works in man’s behalf! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot- come, let us rejoice in Him. He rules forever by His power, His eyes watch the nations- let not the rebellious rise up against Him. Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of His praise be heard; He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For You, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance. I will come to Your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to You- vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. I will sacrifice fat animals to You and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats. Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me. I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, Who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me! Psalm 66
We are heard when we keep our hearts pure. We are heard when we fear the Lord. He hears our hearts even when others say we are doing wrong…but really, we’re just obeying His direction. He doesn’t hear us only on the merits of what others think or say about us. He hears us through love.
For too many years, I allowed the words, directions, and actions of others to eclipse God’s light over my life. What I am now seeing is that He’s the only One Who truly knows what is right for us…and what is right, in general.
What if we truly listened? What if we laid aside all the dreams, expectations, and demands of man? What if instead, we really leaned into God and sought out His dreams for our lives. What if we allowed Him to be the Architect of our future?
When I think about this, I imagine the world looks like a very different place. If we all just let God direct our paths, how different would our own lives look? What would change in our value system and how would we spend our time?
I am in the midst of a giant reset of my life, my priorities, my definition of success, and my time…and I’m feeling consistently shocked as I see God align things that I had no idea were out or place in my life.
If you choose to lean in and experience this aligning process, I warn you…it’s dangerous…many things will change, but it’s the MOST rewarding and peaceful thing I’ve ever done.
I encourage you today to take a little time and ask God to show you His system of priorities for your life. Allow Him to have access to your daily schedule and see if there are things that are out of alignment. I promise, even though it can be painful, it’s also extremely beneficial. His ways are higher than our ways. He truly does know what’s best for His children.
We praise the God who will never withhold His love from us!! Praise the Lord!!