It Is Good to Sing Praises

Psalm 147:1 “Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.”

I am discovering there are benefits to blogging! With my thoughts turned each day to things that I might blog about, things that God has done, things that are praiseworthy, this blog is serving as a wonderful distraction from the daily cares that clamor for my attention. Instead of becoming so easily entangled with petty things that produce frustration, I am lifting my thoughts to praise Him, and He is changing my heart and thoughts to things higher and greater and more worthy. My thoughts move away from weighty burdens to joyful songs. Blogging is a great outlet to the demands and stresses of daily life!

I recognize my greatest attempts to praise Him are at best feeble efforts, and that this is a lofty goal to have a blog with a stated purpose to proclaim His praise! Yet He gives strength to the weak, and He has put a song in my mouth. He has given me joy, and I praise Him!

Praise Proclaimer

I only recently became aware of the world of blogging through the blogs of a few friends. Though I found it intriguing, I wasn’t sure it was a world I wanted to enter. The last week or two, though, it has been more on my mind, and I’ve wrestled with reasons for and against blogging.

I couldn’t seem to escape though a nagging thought that I wanted to blog. Someone encouraged me to have a purpose for a blog. That came easy, too, with a verse that returned to my mind over and over last week. I didn’t know where it was in the Bible, but the words were fresh in my heart: “to proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

On Sunday, with my Bible open in my lap awaiting the sermon, I looked down to see those very words leap off the page! There they were in I Peter, and they represent my purpose for this blog: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9

I am reminded of the lyrics to “Blessed Assurance” by Fanny Crosby (1873): “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.”

So my hope is to share the story God has given me while praising the One, Jesus, who called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light! He, our Creator and Redeemer, is worthy of all praise!