Praise the Lord!

Psalm 113:1-3
“Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.

I woke up this morning watching the sunrise as I prayed. I love watching a sunrise, and I get great views of it from right where I live. One of my favorite things about this house, actually. Today that sunrise brought this verse to mind: “From the rising of the sun, to the setting of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

Wow, I wonder what my days would be like if I spent them praising His name from sunup to sundown. We are commanded to rejoice evermore and give thanks in everything, after all, in Philippians 2 and I Thessalonians 5. Some constant praising, rejoicing and thanksgiving… that should lift any spirits that are down!

God Almighty, a song from Chris Tomlin, was also stirring in my mind this morning:

Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning we will sing
Holy, Holy, we bow down before Thee
All Your children love to sing Your name
God Almighty

You’re the breath of life
You’re the God on high
Your song shall rise
And never pass away

O, Your Majesty
Evermore shall be
The earth, the skies, the sea
Shall bring You praise

And I hide my eyes
With my face to the ground
In the presence of Your Majesty
And I clap my hands
And I lay my crowns
In the presence of Your Majesty

I want to both praise Him and bring Him praise today, by the power of His Spirit, in His strength. Early this morning and every morning, may I sing my praise to You, Lord!

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