Week 26   Day 7


One of the most common words

            used in the Psalms  

            is "Praise" 


Praise suggests a different way

            of looking at things 

Praise holds all of life's experiences open

            to God's possibilities

            and sees the hand of God


Praise declares everything good

            even before it is good

Praise is a positive

            and healthy way

            to greet each day 

Even if it is a bad day

            praise the Lord anyway

            because God is in it

            and will most likely

            bring good out of it

            both sooner and later 

Praise vocalizes






This Psalm praises God

            for life-long care

God brought me forth

            and bears me up

The psalmist declares

            I walk

            in the strength

            of the Lord  

And includes some thoughts

            on growing older. 




                      OLD AND GRAY; TIRED AND WORN
I will praise God more and more, telling the next generation.
                                            Psalms 71


     1 I put my trust in You;  Let me never be put to shame.

2Deliver me in Your righteousness and cause me to escape;

Incline Your ear to me, and save me.

3Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually;

You have given the commandment to save me,

For You are my rock and my fortress.

     4Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,

Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

5For You are my hope, O Lord God; my trust from my youth.

6By You I have been upheld from birth;

You are He who took me out of my mother's womb.

My praise shall be continually of You.

     7You are my strong refuge.  8Let my mouth be

Filled with Your praise and Your glory all the day.

     9Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

10For my enemies speak against me;

And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,

11Saying, "God has forsaken him;

Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him."

     12 O God, do not be far from me; make haste to help me!

13Confound and consume the adversaries of my life.

14 I will hope continually, and praise You yet more and more.

15My mouth shall tell of Your salvation all the day.

For I do not know the limits.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;

I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

     17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;

And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.

18Now also when I am old and gray headed, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength in this generation,

Your power to everyone who is to come.

19Your righteousness is high, You have done great things;

20You have shown me severe troubles; revive me again,

And bring me up from the depths of the earth.

21You shall increase my greatness and comfort me on every side.

     22Also with the lute I will praise You and Your faithfulness,

To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

22My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You,

24My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all day long.
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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