October 28

Psalm 34:1-6

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” vss. 1, 3

Sometimes we have so much on our minds and are so troubled by events in our country and in the world that we forgot how wonderful it is to have life and be surrounded by the presence of God. All of the most precious things in the world are ours as gifts, and we don’t need to do anything to use and enjoy them. All the sights and sounds of creation, all the bounty poured out on us daily–it doesn’t happen because of our own merit or worthiness but totally because God is generous. The psalmist knew the goodness of God and didn’t miss a chance to lift up his voice in praise and thanksgiving–he couldn’t say enough about God’s mercy and power. And he wanted others to do the same; he invited them to join his song of praise, and he invites us too. What a difference it makes in our daily living when, in every circumstance, instead of complaining or finding fault, we instead offer regular prayers of exaltation to God for the blessings that really are a part of our every moment. We don’t have to make things up! The abundance of creation is real and the love of God is all around us. How our lives change when we reflect our gladness in our smiles and our demeanor!

Thought for the Day: How can I make this day a praise offering to God?

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